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Former DOH Chief Says PhilHealth Officers, Doctors Get P32K per “Ghost” Treatment

PHILHEALTH – Former Health Secretary said PhilHealth officials and doctors get P32K for each “ghost” treatment.

A few days ago, PhilHealth filed a case against WellMed Dialysis & Laboratory Center Corp. for allegedly claiming benefits of their deceased patients.

The chief executive officer of the government health agency, Roy Ferrer confirmed that the anomaly at the center.

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Due to this issue, President Rodrigo Duterte asked the PhilHealth officials to submit their resignation letters in the Malacañang Palace.

Now, the president is eyeing on replacing Roy Ferrer with a doctor-businessman named Dr. Jaime Cruz.

Palace Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte is patiently waiting for his response.

“He mentioned Dr. Jaime Cruz. He’s from the private sector… He’s waiting for the response of Jaime Cruz for the offer he made to him,” said Panelo.

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Based on a report from Inquirer, former Department of Health chief Janette Garin said some doctors and Philhealth officials are getting from the government insurance firm P16,000 to P32,000 per “ghost” patient.

The Health Secretary said Philhealth had been giving money for the treatments of fictitious patients.

“Paperwork is prepared for a lot of the people who have no ailments. The documents are submitted to PhilHealth to make it appear they are sick so payments can be collected,” said Garin.

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According to the report, Janette Garin also revealed that the people who collaborated in the fraudulent claim were given food and transportation allowances.

“They are happy to be given P500 each. But the hospital, in cahoots with doctors and PhilHealth officials, collects around P16,000 and sometimes P32,000 per ghost treatment,” she added.

Garin claimed that those health providers were forced to collaborate on the anomaly.

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