Nancy Binay Hit PhilHealth Alleged Scam Offering Home Treatment Package
Senator Nancy Binay lashes the Philippines Health Insurance Corp (PhilHealth) over a scam allegedly offering a home treatment package.
Binay blasted PhilHealth for duping its members into purchasing a “home treatment” package for patients with coronavirus illness (COVID-19). Patients who prefer home quarantine over staying in community isolation units (CIU) or health institutions have sought to take advantage of PhilHealth’s Covid-19 Home Isolation Benefit Packages, according to Binay (CHIBP).
“Parang paulit-ulit na lang itong lokohan. Kawawa na naman ang mga kababayan nating umasa na may ganitong tulong, na hindi naman pala talaga nila mapapakinabangan ‘Wag na sanang paasahin ang mga tao sa wala. May sakit na nga, pakiramdam mo pa eh parang na-scam. Halos one year na itong pino-promote, pero ampaw pala,“ said Binay.
Since August 2021, PhilHealth has promoted CHIBP to members who test positive but choose to get health care at home. Patients who meet both clinical and social criteria in surge regions indicated by the Inter-Agency Task Force should be eligible for CHIBP (IATF).
“Everything should have already been in place prior to its launching last year, otherwise, parang malaking PR stunt lang ang Home Isolation Benefit Package para lang masabing may programang ginagawa ang PhilHealth para sa members. Halos isang taon na pero walang nakakaalam kung ano ang proseso para ma-avail ang package,” said Binay.
The senator claimed she uncovered the flaws in the CHIBP implementation this week when she looked up how members might get the package on the PhilHealth website. According to the senator, she has COVID-affected friends and acquaintances who have difficulties getting out to go to the hospital and would benefit from a home treatment package.
Nakaka-dismaya dahil di naman pala ito available, “Ang tanong: Why advertise and promote something which is not available in the first place? It’s grossly misleading, unreliable and openly irresponsible.” Binay called it a “institutional failure.”
Home consultations for at least 10 days, 24/7 daily teleconsultation monitoring of patients, and provision of a home isolation kit containing: 1L 70% alcohol, five pieces of face mask, one thermometer, one pulse oximeter, medicines and drugs (18 pieces of paracetamol, 12 pieces of Lagundi tablets or equivalent, six sachets of oral rehydration salts, ten pieces of Ascorbic Acid, ten pieces of Vitamin D and zinc), and a home isolation kit
Malacaang is also pressuring PhilHealth to incorporate free RT-PCR testing under CHIBP. The senator stated that while there are numerous proclamations, there is no way for people who need it to benefit since there are no licensed providers in high-risk locations.
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