Senate to probe PhilHealth scams

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2019 09:43 AM

MANILA - The Senate will investigate the alleged various fraudulent schemes involving the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) which has reportedly cost the firm billions.

Sen. Sonny Angara has filed a resolution seeking a probe into the scams hounding the state-run insurance firm, saying the issue must be resolved before the full implementation of the Universal Health Care Law that seeks to provide health care coverage for all Filipinos.

The senator sought the probe following allegations that the Quezon City-based WellMed Dialysis Center forged signatures between 2016 and 2018 to file claims for patients who have long been dead.

PhilHealth has reportedly lost some P154 billion since 2013 due to the dialysis scam and several other fraudulent schemes.

“We want to get to the bottom of all these reported scams, identify the personalities behind them, and come up with policies to prevent similar cases from taking place in the future," Angara said.

“Managot ang dapat managot. Hindi natin hahayaan ang patuloy na pagwawaldas ng pera habang ang dami natin mga kababayan na namamatay dahil sa walang pera para magpagamot.”

Angara, chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, added the dialysis scam was not the only one hounding PhilHealth.

In 2015, PhilHealth was also rocked by an alleged scam where eye doctors conduct cataract removal operations just to claim higher PhilHealth payments even if such procedure was not necessary.