PhilHealth to file libel charges vs head of private hospitals' group for claims of unpaid dues

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Posted at Jun 19 2020 03:27 PM

MANILA - The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is planning to file libel charges against the head of a private hospitals' group over the latter's allegations that the state health insurance agency owes P18 billion in medical fee reimbursements. 

Speaking on ANC's Headstart, PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales said the agency's own records do not reflect the same figures.

Dr. Rustico Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. (PHAPI), had said that PhilHealth owes private hospitals P18 billion in unpaid reimbursement claims. 

“This is not what our figures say. Dapat mag-usap kami face-to-face,” Morales said on ANC’s Headstart. 
 
Rustico warned PhilHealth last year that several medical facilities would not renew their ties with the state-owned insurance firm if it fails to hasten payment for private hospitals. 

Morales said PhilHealth has been regularly in touch with private hospitals during the account reconciliation process but argued that its president refused to comply with the agreement. 

“Instead of making the individual hospitals come to us, he always makes this threat and unfounded announcement and we’re filing a libel case against this person,” Morales said, only referring to Jimenez as president of the private hospital association. 

Morales also hit Rustico for not discussing the issue with PhilHealth first before going to the media. 

“He goes to media and that’s not helpful. He’s not interested in resolving the problem,” he said.