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Gov’t reviewing ‘procurement issues’ in Red Cross, PhilHealth contract

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) is reviewing the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) before releasing payments for coronavirus swab tests to the former, citing “procurement issues” in the deal.

Gov’t to pay its obligation to Philippine Red Cross – Roque

The government will pay its obligation to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for conducting coronavirus tests, Malacanang said Friday. Presidential Spokesman Harry L. Roque said...

Privatizing PhilHealth will improve efficiency – Duque

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said privatizing the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will improve its efficiency in delivering services amid calls to...

Bill seeks to revamp PhilHealth after graft charges approved

A SENATOR has filed a bill seeking to reorganize the Philippine-Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) after President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved corruption charges against top officials.

Duterte approves corruption charges vs PhilHealth officials

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the filing of criminal charges against top officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) for corruption.

Senator bucks House special power plan to revamp Philhealth

A senator on Thursday rejected a House of Representatives proposal to give President Rodrigo. R. Duterte special powers to reorganize corruption-ridden Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

Duque liable in PhilHealth mess for negligence, senators say

SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III on Wednesday asserted that the country’s health chief is liable, at least for abandonment or negligence, in the alleged widespread corruption in state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

President to act on PhilHealth based on task force report

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will take further action on Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) officials based on the findings of the task force he created to look into alleged irregularities at the agency.

Senate committee recommends charges vs top PhilHealth execs

THE SENATE committee that investigated the alleged widespread corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has recommended the filing of criminal and administrative charges against those involved in irregularities, including top ranking officials. 

SSS, GSIS, PhilHealth expected to run budget deficits this year

THE two state pension funds and the public health insurer are expected to incur budget deficits until at least 2021, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

CSC head denies claims she ordered information hidden from legislators

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) head denied on Friday that she had suppressed information regarding irregularities done by officials of the Philippine Health Insurance...

PhilHealth task force finds slow filing of cases vs erring officers

FILING OF cases against Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) officers and health care institutions allegedly involved in irregularities has been slow and low in number, according to the task force recently formed to look into anomalies in the state insurer.

Senate body seeks abolition of graft-saddled PhilHealth

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. should be abolished and replaced by a new agency through legislation, the Senate blue ribbon committee said in a report on Tuesday after a probe that exposed corruption among high-ranking officials.

Fixing PhilHealth

PhilHealth is in a deep mess and it needs all the help it can get.

Senate ends PhilHealth corruption probe

THE PHILIPPINE Senate ended its investigation of corruption at the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and has begun drafting a report that will be endorsed to anti-graft and prosecutorial agencies.

PhilHealth executives admit lying under oath to Senate body

PHILIPPINE HEALTH Insurance Corp. officials on Tuesday admitted lying about the agency’s anomalous IT procurement program to avoid Senate detention for contempt.

Duterte vows to ‘finish off’ PhilHealth officials

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has vowed to “finish off” Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) officials involved in irregularities at the agency even if he has no plan to fire its chief.

PhilHealth probe to continue as chief takes medical leave

A SENATE investigation of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) for alleged corruption will continue even if the agency’s chief executive officer takes a medical leave, a lawmaker said on Monday.

Duterte orders investigation into Philhealth irregularities

President Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered the creation of a task force to investigate irregularities within the Philippine Health Corp. (PhilHealth) as the state insurer’s...

PhilHealth probe to proceed even with metro on lockdown

THE SENATE Committee of the Whole will proceed with its investigation of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Tuesday even as the chamber put the Senate building on a two-week lockdown.

Senate aims to start PhilHealth probe Monday

THE SENATE is aiming to start its investigation on alleged anomalies within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) by next week with the goal of strengthening the National Health Insurance Act against corruption.

GOCC subsidies surge in June, led by NFA, PhilHealth

THE national government released P69.161 billion worth of subsidies to government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) in June, with 83% going to the National Food Authority (NFA) and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

COVID-19 test machine distributor denies allegations of overpricing, monopoly

OMNIBUS Bio-Medical Systems Inc. has denied allegations that it has hoarded and sold overpriced coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing equipment and kits to the national government.

PhilHealth sets COVID-19 package rates starting April 15

THE PHILIPPINE Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has set case rate packages for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, which will take effect April 15. PhilHealth,...

PhilHealth regional offices investigating hospitals for fraudulent claims: 80 in Eastern...

THE PHILIPPINE Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is cracking down on hospitals for fraudulent claims involving such schemes as “upcasing” and “patient seeking.”

Pressing towards improved health care

More than a basic human right guaranteed by the Constitution, health is a matter of priority here in the Philippines. Several efforts have been...

UHC Law will take 3 or more years to implement, says...

PHILHEALTH President Ricardo Morales admits that nationwide implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law will take a few years to take effect, citing funding and capability issues.

PhilHealth officials face graft at DoJ

GOVERNMENT agents filed graft charges against 21 officials and employees of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) for allowing a company to do business with the government despite findings of fraud.

Senators scold PhilHealth for lack of safeguards

SENATORS on Wednesday scolded officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for failing to enforce safeguards against fraud.

QC court junks Wellmed estafa cases for lack of jurisdiction

A QUEZON City (QC) court has dismissed for lack of jurisdiction the estafa charges against an officer of WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center Corp. and two whistle-blowers in connection with the “ghost dialysis” claims.

House seeks PhilHealth probe

MINORITY congressmen have sought an investigation of alleged corruption at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Angara seeks probe on PhilHealth to protect UHC funds

A SENATE investigation on the “ghost dialysis” claims involving the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), among other concerns, has been formally sought in a resolution filed by Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara.

Retired army general appointed as member of PhilHealth board

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has appointed retired army general Ricardo C. Morales as member of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Board of Directors, representing the indirect contributors.

Lacson flags PhilHealth office in Duque’s building

SENATOR Panfilo M. Lacson flagged a possible “conflict of interest” on the part of Health Secretary Francisco H. Duque III after the senator learned that a PhilHeath office in Region 1 is established in a building owned by the Secretary.

DoH secretary says he did not misuse OWWA funds

DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) Secretary Francisco H. Duque III denied claims made by Senator Panfilo M. Lacson that he was involved in the misuse of government funds during his term as PhilHealth president, saying that these were resolved in his favor years ago.

PhilHealth execs could be reappointed—Panelo

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte may reappoint the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) board members whom he asked to resign if they will be cleared of any involvement in irregularities in the agency.

PhilHealth execs asked to resign as probe starts

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has asked the board members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Roy B. Ferrer, to turn in their resignation, according to Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence T. Go.

Duterte orders detailed report on PhilHealth irregularities

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has directed the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to file criminal charges against its officials involved in the funding of “bogus” kidney dialysis treatments.

What you should know about HMOs

For a vast majority of Filipinos, falling sick is unacceptable. The demands of daily life are often too rigid and unyielding to allow for...

Duterte signs law mandating PhilHealth coverage for all PWDs

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a measure that requires the government to automatically enroll all persons with disabilities (PWDs) into the National Health Insurance Program.

Some PhilHealth claimants exempted from 60-day rule after system upgrade

PHILIPPINE HEALTH Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) claimants, whose applications were filed online and with the 61st day falling within Aug. 6-31, have been exempted from the 60-day filing rule in consideration of a systems upgrade undertaken by the agency.

House approves PhilHealth coverage for PWDs

THE House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the bill that will provide for mandatory PhilHealth coverage of persons with disability (PWD).

House bill on PhilHealth coverage for PWDs approved on second reading

By Charmaine A. Tadalan A bill seeking to provide mandatory Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) coverage of persons with disability (PWDs) has hurdled second reading...

De Lima seeks probe of PhilHealth’s P4.75-billion net loss in 2017

Senator Leila M. De Lima has filed a resolution seeking investigation on the P4.75 billion net loss incurred by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp...