Half Of PhilHealth Debt To PRC To Be Paid This Week Or Next
PHILHEALTH DEBT TO PRC – The state-run insurance company, PhilHealth is set to pay half its debt to the Philippine Red Cross within the week or the next.
Recently, The Philippine Red Cross announced a suspension of swab tests for OFWs due to PhilHealth’s accumulated debt P930 million. As a result, hundreds of OFWs were left stranded because of delayed results from the swab tests.
Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque emphasized that PhilHealth would pay its debt by this week or the next week. During an interview with CNN, Roque said:
The President has already committed to PhilHealth that it will be paid, and so I think it will be paid, if not this week, then next week at the soonest
Furthermore, Roque highlighted that the PRC would not be able to continue operations until its cash requirements are accounted for. According to Roque, this was the reason why they settled to prioritize 50% of PhilHealth’s debt to the PRC.
Since the beginning of the Pandemic, the Philippine Red Cross has been an empirical part of the country’s COVID-19 response. In fact, Roque noted that the PRC was responsible for 25% of all of the Philippines’ testing. Additionally, when asked if the PRC agreed to the 50% payment deal, he said “I believe they did”.
On October 16, PRC suspended testing for OFWs in airports and seaports. Moreover, individuals requesting for a swab test in government facilities, frontliners, and other health workers weren’t able to take the test if they used their PhilHealth benefits.
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