Dialysis support group dismayed over ‘ghost' kidney treatments scandal


Posted at Jun 08 2019 03:24 PM

MANILA – A dialysis support group on Saturday expressed dismay and concerns over one Quezon City clinic's alleged misuse of state health insurance funds on "ghost" dialysis treatments for patients who have already died. 

In a statement, the Dialysis PH Support Group Inc. said it was saddened over the fraudulent claims scheme allegedly practiced by WellMed Dialysis Center in Quezon City, as bared in a recent report by broadsheet Philippine Daily Inquirer. 

“Imbis na sa mga lehitimong pasyente mapunta ang mga nararapat na benepisyo ay sa bulsa lamang ito ng mga mapang-abusong indibidwal na hindi iniisip ang magiging epekto ng kanilang anomalyang gawain sa buong komunidad ng mga dialysis patients,” Dialysis PH Support Group Inc. said. 

(Instead of legitimate patients receiving the right benefits, the funds for free dialysis for PhilHealth are going directly to abusive individuals who do not think of the repercussions of these anomalies to the community of dialysis patients.) 

In the Inquirer report, former WellMed employee Edwin Roberto bared that the clinic made dialysis payment claims for dead patients from PhilHealth from 2016 to 2018. 

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered authorities to arrest those behind the scheme. 

In its statement, the group expressed fears that the scandal might affect the implementation of the Universal Health Care law, which seeks to provide health coverage for all Filipinos. 

“Hiling namin na sana ay 'wag mapunta sa mga ganitong mga maanomalyang gawain at korapsyon ang mga pondong dapat naipararating sa ating mga kababayan,” it said. 

(We are hoping that funds supposedly for the people will not go to anomalies and corrupt practices like this.)

They also hoped that similar schemes would be uncovered. 

“Sana po ay maisiwalat ang mga ganitong gawain at mapuksa ang mga pinagmumulan at managot ang nararapat, alang-alang na lang po sa mga kababayan nating may sakit at naghihirap sa buhay,” it added. 

(We hope that such acts would be exposed and the source would be held accountable for the sake of our countrymen who are sick and poor.)