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The Insurance Corporation Will Continue Providing Services Despite The Controversies

PHILHEALTH – Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will maintain its service providing duties despite of the recent controversies.

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The government owned insurance corp. was involved in recent controversies after facing several allegations. Including one where the company was mentioned in an overpayment allegation.

However, amidst the controversies, the insurance corp. will resume and continue operating. Although the president himself, called the firm’s top officials to resign over fraud claims including the recent ghost patients issue. This was stated by the Malacañang last Monday.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated that the health insurance corp. will be manned temporarily by “second-level officials” to continue operations while a “full scale investigation” is being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The investigation was carried following the President’s order to look into alleged irregularities.

Panelo gave his assurance for PhilHealth members that the services would still be provided, in his statement:

“We assure our people that the services of PhilHealth will remain unhampered as operations will continue and will be momentarily run by second-level officials pending the subject investigation.”

He also disclosed information about the planned inspection and the foreseen consequences for people proven guilty.

“There will be an in-depth study on how the frauds are systematically committed by unscrupulous persons in and out of PhilHealth. There will be criminal prosecutions of all those involved. No one will be spared,” the Presidential spokesperson said.

PhilHealth acting chief Roy Ferrer and the board members were called by President Rodrigo Duterte earlier to process their courtesy resignation following Inquirer’s revelation about the ‘ghost patient’ claimants issue in a Quezon City-based clinic.

This is based on an article from Inquirer.

The president also claimed that the overpayment caused the government to lose over P100 billion. He then proceeded with the announcement that he would reorganize the state insurance company.

That is all there is to it, at least for now. We’ll post updates as soon as we got them.

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