Time to resign, Duterte tells PhilHealth president

Donna Pazzibugan, Julie Aurelio, Marlon Ramos 08/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Ricardo Morales, president of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), to resign, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Tuesday. “The President took note last night of Morales’s on-and-off health situation,…

PhilHealth IT system cannot detect fraudulent claims, says senior official

Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter / @T2TupasINQ 08/20/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The current information technology system of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) cannot detect fraudulent claims, one of its senior officials said Thursday before members of Task Force PhilHealth. Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete, in…

Senate probe uncovers PhilHealth leadership’s gross incompetence – Poe

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 08/20/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The marathon Senate hearings on alleged corruption within the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) showed the “gross incompetence” among the agency’s leadership, Senator Grace Poe said. “I think it’s pretty obvious, not just to…

PhilHealth: Some doctors, hospitals involved in fraud

Catherine Gonzales 08/17/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) admitted on Monday that a number of physicians and hospitals are indeed involved in fraudulent schemes and transactions with the state health insurer as earlier revealed by the…

PRC most likely to suspend COVID-19 testing due to PhilHealth’s debt

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 08/16/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will “most likely” suspend its COVID-19 testing due to the failure of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to pay its remaining balances to the humanitarian organization’s coronavirus testing…

3 PhilHealth officials leave House hearing due to health reasons

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 08/12/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Three officials of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) have left the hearing being conducted in the House of Representatives due to health reasons. During Wednesday’s joint hybrid hearing of the House committees on good…

Sotto rebukes Morales: PhilHealth doesn’t need Superman, just axe all corrupt execs

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 08/12/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday rebuked Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president Ricardo Morales over his recent remark that even “Superman” cannot rid the state insurance firm of corruption. “Tanggalin mo lahat…

3-year-old senior citizen, 50K centenarians? Tolentino flags ‘overbloated’ PhilHealth database

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 08/11/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A 3-year-old senior citizen? Fifty thousand centenarians? Senator Francis Tolentino on Tuesday flagged what he claimed to be an “overbloated” database of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), noting that a three-year-old member was…

Duterte warns corrupt PhilHealth officials: ‘I’ll get you’

Krissy Aguilar 08/11/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Monday, August 10, 2020, officials found to be involved in corrupt practices in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) that he would go after them. “Huwag kayong magkakamali. Itong…

PhilHealth chief Morales files medical leave amid corruption allegations

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 08/10/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president Ricardo Morales on Monday bared he already filed a medical leave amid probe on alleged irregularities within the agency. “But you know, in this case, nature has intervened…

Zubiri uncovers more ‘schemes’ in Philhealth

Marlon Ramos 08/10/2020

MANILA, Philippines — An 18-bed infirmary in the Davao region getting P10 million a year in benefit claims, and clinics sharing “rebates” with officials and unqualified personnel occupying key posts at the state-run health insurance corporation. These…

2 top PhilHealth execs’ illness bared amid corruption probes

Leila B. Salaverria - Reporter / @LeilasINQ 08/09/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The head and a senior officer of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) are unlikely to personally appear at the resumption of the Senate investigation of the alleged irregularities and corruption in the state insurer…

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