PhilHealth, dialysis center officials ‘conspired’ in anomalous fund release – NBI

Marlon Ramos 01/13/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Former Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president and CEO Ricardo Morales and other senior executives of the state health insurer had “conspired” with officials of a private dialysis center that received P33.8 million in…

New bills filed to amend Universal Health Care Act

Julie Aurelio, Leila B. Salaverria, Melvin Gascon 01/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives have called for the deferment of the increase in premium payments to Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). A group of senators on Tuesday filed bills…

Gov’t will find money to cover PhilHealth contribution hike – Duterte

Darry John Esguerra 01/05/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte ordered on Monday the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to hold off its member contributions increase this year, saying that the government would look for funds to cover the scheduled hike.…

PhilHealth goes ahead with premium hike

Julie M. Aurelio, Patricia Denise M. Chiu 01/03/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) said on Saturday that it would start collecting the mandated hike in members’ contributions this month despite persistent exposés of corruption and wrongdoing at the state-run health insurer.…

PhilHealth’s debt to PRC for COVID-19 tests rises to P800M — Gordon

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 01/02/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The standing debt of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for COVID-19 tests now amounts to P800 million, the organization’s chairman said Saturday. “Ayaw ko sanang pinag-uusapan yan…

PhilHealth should keep its promise to dialysis patients – Zarate

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Reporter / @GabrielLaluINQ 11/09/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) must stay true to its word and ensure that dialysis patients will receive treatment even if they are past the yearly limit of 90 sessions per year, Bayan…

PhilHealth-7 welcomes NBI investigation

Morexette Marie B. Erram 10/29/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in Central Visayas (PhilHealth-7) welcomed the decision of state investigators requesting the anti-graft office to probe them over allegations involving fraudulent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) claims. “From the…

8 PhilHealth officials, 4 hospital workers face complaint over ‘fraudulent’ COVID-19 claim

Morexette Marie B. Erram, Paul Lauro 10/29/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A total of 12 individuals, including public officials and medical practitioners, are now facing complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas over allegations of fraud involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)…

Duterte tells Duque: ‘This is not the time for you to resign’

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 09/07/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has refused to let go of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. In a televised speech Monday, Duterte told his appointed health chief: “Secretary Duque, this is not the time for you to resign.…

Report may change President’s mind about keeping Duque – Sotto

Marlon Ramos - Reporter / @MRamosINQ 09/07/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte might change his mind about keeping Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in his Cabinet once he finished reading the Senate report on the multibillion-peso fraud that nearly crippled Philippine Health…

Emergency powers to fix PhilHealth? Sotto, Drilon say Duterte already ‘powerful’

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 09/03/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Two Senate leaders are not keen about giving yet additional powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to address problems hounding the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). Both Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senate…

Ex-NBI director Gierran is new PhilHealth chief

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 08/31/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has named former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Dante Gierran as the new head of the embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed this in a…

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