Senators back PhilHealth reorganization

Sen. JV Ejercito

Senators are supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to reorganize the state-owned Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) amid reports of multi-billion bogus dialysis claims.

Both Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito and Sonny Angara believe that more financial experts are needed at PhilHealth than doctors.

“Will again reiterate may earlier recommendation to the President to scout and appoint a financial expert particularly with actuarial experience to head or be part of PhilHealth’s management,” said Ejercito.

“What PhilHealth needs is sound financial management specially as we are about to implement the UHC (Universal Health Care) law,” he added.

Ejercito is the principal sponsor and author of the UHC which is allotting P250 billion to PhilHealth to cover the free medical services to all Filipino citizens upon the implementation of the law.

For his part, Angara stressed the need to transform PhilHealth into a “professional insurance” corporation.

“Maybe we don’t need more doctors in PhilHealth, we need more managers, we need more fraud investigators,” said Angara during a broadcast interview.

“Those type of professionals because we should transform in a really professional insurance corporation,” he added.

Earlier, PhilHealth head Roy Ferrer admitted the existence of a “mafia” within the corporation responsible for the numerous fraudulent dialysis claims originating from WellMed Dialysis Center based in Novaliches, Quezon City.