House panel to probe alleged corruption in PhilHealth


Posted at Aug 02 2020 04:13 PM

MANILA - A House of Representatives committee will investigate Wednesday fresh corruption allegations against PhilHealth, a lawmaker said Sunday.

Among those invited are officials of the state insurance agency, the Department of Health, and former PhilHealth employee Thorrsson Keith who quit his job due to "widespread corruption," according to Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor.

Defensor, chairman of the committee on public accounts, said he would propose for PhilHealth to be billed the actual cost of treatment and for case rates to be declared as cost limits.

"The case-rate system, under which there is a fixed cost for the treatment of certain diseases and for procedures, is really a loophole that is resulting in billions of losses on the part of Philhealth. It is not surprising that it maybe a source of corruption,” he said.

The lawmaker urged PhilHealth officials to be on alert for several payment claims involving the same doctors, clinics or hospitals as he cited a 2019 Commission on Audit report that flagged a suspicious surge in cases and reimbursement claims in the agency.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered a fresh probe into alleged anomalies in PhilHealth. The Presidential Anti-Crime Commission said its investigation results would be released "very soon."