PhilHealth denies corruption, will release list of hospitals that received P15B

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The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) said Saturday it is preparing to release the list of over 700 hospitals that received a total of  P15 billion funds from the agency in order to disprove claims of corruption by some former members.

PhilHealth spokesperson Shirley Domingo, said in an interview on Dobol B sa News TV,  that the PhilHealth is already in the process of releasing the list of 711 medical facilities that received funding through the Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM).

Resigned PhilHealth anti-fraud legal officer Thorrson Montes Keith earlier alluded to the IRM as allegedly pocketed by the agency’s senior officials.

“Maglalabas kami sa newspapers [ng list]… Napag-usapan na po namin ‘yun,” Domingo said.

“Hindi po ‘yun napupunta sa bulsa ng mga officers dahil ‘yon ay nasa mga ospital,” she said.

Domingo reiterated that the agency is open to any investigation to “once and for all” disprove corruption allegations.

“Ang P15 billion na ‘yan ay tinatawag naming interim reimbursements. Ito ay kaperahan na nilagay natin sa mga ospital, lying-in centers, at dialysis centers para maka-respond sila ng tama sa requirements ng pandemiya na ito,” Domingo said.

“Exactly P14.9 billion na nasa ospital na po ‘yun. Nag-start po tayo maglagay niyan… nag-start po tayo around March until now to 711 medical facilities,” she added.

Keith has said the PhilHealth “mafia” has deep roots in the agency, including top officials in the executive committee.

Keith said among the fraudulent schemes being employed are the cash advances, the use of the IRM, and the continuous procurement of IT equipment the agency already has.

PhilHealth downplayed Keith’s expose saying he stayed in the corporation for only nine months as a job order contractor doing staff work under the Office of the President and was “in no position to discuss office matters.”/Stacy Ang

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