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Another PhilHealth acting president accused of corruption

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Employees tell the Ombudsman PhilHealth acting president and CEO Roy Ferrer continued to be reimbursed by PhilHealth as a private doctor while receiving salaries and allowances as its board member

INVESTIGATION. PhilHealth Acting President Roy Ferrer faces a complaint filed by his own employees before the Ombudsman. Photo from PhilHealth

PWDs may soon receive mandatory PhilHealth coverage

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The House of Representatives approves its version of the bill on October 8, while the Senate already gave its nod to the measure in July

UNIVERSAL HEALTH. Persons with disabilities call for automatic PhilHealth coverage for their sector. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

COA to ex-PhilHealth execs: Return P51M in unauthorized perks

Oct 07, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Commission on Audit says contributions of PhilHealth members 'are treated as a trust fund and, thus, should be managed and protected with utmost integrity'

Misleading: COA 'orders Hontiveros' to return illegal PhilHealth bonuses

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:07 PM

COA does not name any board member as being responsible for the PhilHealth disallowances; Hontiveros became member only after the illegal releases

COA to PhilHealth: Return P164-M illegal perks

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:47 AM

The Commission on Audit reminds PhilHealth that its operating fund is mainly sourced from members' contributions which 'should be managed and protected with utmost integrity'

Garin denies PhilHealth seniors' fund diverted to Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Former health chief Janette Garin and Heath Undersecretary Roger Tong-an say the final source of funds for the project came from the health department’s miscellaneous personnel benefits fund

DENIED. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin denied funds from PhilHealth were waived in favor of establishing health units nationwide. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PhilHealth should cover psychiatric consultation fees – Angara

Jun 10, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The recent deaths of food journalist Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade have sparked calls to strengthen mental health policies worldwide

CONSULT. Seeking the help of trained professionals is an important step in the early prevention and treatment of mentail illness.

PhilHealth, Duterte news, Domeng | Evening wRap

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:29 PM

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Employees hold nationwide vigil to protest PhilHealth mismanagement

Jun 08, 2018 - 3:21 PM

(UPDATED) From Luzon to Mindanao, employees unite to protest the grave abuses inside the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. They send photos deliberately blurred to hide their identities.

SHOW OF FORCE. PhilHealth employees nationwide wear black shirts in protest of the mismanagement of the agency.

Newsbreak Chats: Calida contracts and other top stories for May 2018

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: One year since the Marawi siege and corruption scandals hounding Solicitor General Jose Calida, former Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano, and former PhilHealth Interim President Celestina De la Serna

De la Serna, Ubial face graft complaints over Philhealth travels

Jun 06, 2018 - 4:59 PM

The complainants accuse former health secretary Paulyn Ubial of signing disbursement vouchers to pay for the travels of erstwhile PhilHealth interim president Celestina de la Serna

COMPLAINTS. Former health secretary Paulyn Ubial and sacked Phillhealth interim president Celestina De la Serna face three counts each of graft, malversation and falsification of public documents.

De la Serna remains PhilHealth board member – Malacañang

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:25 PM

This despite President Duterte firing her from the top PhilHealth post for excessive spending of public funds and PhilHealth's P8 billion net income loss during her watch

Duterte replaces embattled PhilHealth OIC De la Serna

Jun 04, 2018 - 3:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) PhilHealth board member Roy Ferrer takes the place of PhilHealth interim president Celestina de la Serna amid controversy surrounding her excessive hotel stays and travel expenses

House to investigate PhilHealth OIC's excessive travels, hotel stays

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:28 PM

Surigao Del Norte 2nd District Representative Johnny Pimentel says he will schedule a probe in August into the lavish lifestyle of PhilHealth interim president Celestina De la Serna

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Garin, Padilla face graft complaint over P10.6-B PhilHealth seniors' fund

May 29, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Former health secretary Janette Garin and ex-PhilHealth CEO Alex Padilla deny the accusation, saying there was no money lost or stolen when they used the fund to establish health centers nationwide

PhilHealth OIC says she's out 'to protect people's money'

May 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'Let me assure you that I am here in PhilHealth... to ensure that every peso translates to better healthcare of our people,' says PhilHealth OIC Celestina de la Serna, who has been criticized for spending over P600,000 for travels in just a year in office

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Contrary to OIC claim, PhilHealth rents housing for its officers

May 13, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Documents and photos contradict the claim of interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna that PhilHealth 'doesn't have a service apartment' so she has to stay in hotels

PhilHealth's De la Serna: Rappler report on travel expenses 'not fake news'

May 08, 2018 - 8:06 PM

'Ano po ba yung lumabas na story? If it is the COA Observation Memorandum, it is documented so it's not fake news,' says PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna

CONFIDENT. PhilHealth Interim President Celestina de la Serna says she is ready to face President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss the issue of her travel expenses. Photo by Rappler

PhilHealth’s De la Serna welcomes probe, but begs Duterte to hear her out

May 08, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Rappler first reports that Celestina De la Serna incurred at least P627,000 worth of trips to and from Bohol amid PhilHealth's P9-billion net loss in 2017

READY. PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna says she is ready to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

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May 08, 2018 - 11:32 AM

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Duterte to investigate PhilHealth OIC over travels

May 07, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Resident auditors at PhilHealth also ask Dra. Celestina De la Serna to explain her receipt of allowances and per diem, which would amount to almost a million pesos, including the travel expenses

HALF A MILLION. In just a year as PhilHealth interim president, Dra Celestina Ma. Jude de la Serna has spent at least P600,000 for her travels to and from her hometown in Bohol. Photo from PhilHealth website

PhilHealth OIC seeks meeting with Duterte to defend trips

May 06, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'If somebody from Malacañang is watching, I am waiting for the President to call me or if I can set an appointment with him, at least hear my side,' says PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna

JV Ejercito to Duterte: Sack 'callous' PhilHealth OIC

May 03, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'It is the height of callousness for the interim Philhealth president to be spending that much money,' says Senate health committee chair Joseph Victor Ejercito, in response to an audit report flagging Celestina Ma Jude De la Serna's steep travel expenses

HEALTH COMMITTEE CHAIR. Senator JV Ejercito, chairman of the Senate health committee. File photo from Senate PRIB

PhilHealth OIC spends P627k for travels amid P9-B net loss in 2017

May 02, 2018 - 8:09 PM

State auditors ask PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma. Jude de la Serna to explain the 'irregular' allowances she received, amounting to almost a million pesos in 2017

Photo from Philhealth website

Is your Dengvaxia-vaccinated child feeling ill? Philhealth covers costs

Feb 05, 2018 - 10:11 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque says there is 'definitely' no need to declare a state of national emergency contrary to the request of the VACC

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine is administered to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

PWDs push for automatic PhilHealth coverage

Dec 04, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The National Council on Disability Affairs says outpatient services should also be included in the coverage

UNIVERSAL HEALTH. Persons with disabilities call for an automatic PhilHealth coverage for their sector.  Photo by George Moya/ Rappler

Duque wants universal healthcare in PH by 2030

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also aims to make the DOH the top performing government agency under the Duterte administration

AIMING HIGH. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants universal healthcare for all Filipinos by 2030. Screenshot by Rappler

PhilHealth to reimburse fees regardless of hospitalization period

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:30 AM

PhilHealth members' confinement fees will now be covered if they were admitted due to pneumonia, acute gastroenteritis, and UTI even for just a day

WIDER COVERAGE. PhilHealth lifts its length of stay requirement in covering confinement fees due to 3 common diseases

FAST FACTS: Who is new DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III?

Oct 26, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Francisco Duque III has also previously served in Philhealth and the CSC

THE RETURN. Doctor Francisco Duque III replaces Paulyn Ubial as DOH secretary. Photo from GSIS

How to avail of PhilHealth coverage for senior citizens

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Senior citizens may register through the Office for the Senior Citizen Affairs or the PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office in their areas

MANDATORY COVERAGE. Republic Act 10645 provides all senior citizens with health insurance care of PhilHealth.

House passes bill giving all Filipinos health insurance

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:41 PM

A counterpart measure seeking universal health coverage Bill Number 1458 is pending before the Senate

PUBLIC HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL? The Philippine General Hospital in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOH seeks more funds for health facilities in 2018

Aug 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The P103 602 billion proposed DOH budget for next year includes funds to build 1 497 barangay health stations improve 353 hospitals and hire around 24 400 medical practitioners

PUBLIC HEALTHCARE. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

Film workers to receive SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig benefits via FDCP

Aug 04, 2017 - 3:29 PM

The FDCP s registry will allow film workers access to basic social services as well as job and learning opportunities

LIZA DIÑO. An impassioned FDCP chair at the kick off of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Photo by Martin San Diego/ Rappler

Duterte's first year: Philippine health agenda 'a sham'

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:33 PM

The Philippine health agenda of the Duterte government promotes the increasing role of the private sector and insurance like Philhealth to finance public health facilities

PhilHealth benefits for foreign retirees in PH starting July

Jun 16, 2017 - 1:44 PM

This expansion of coverage is based on a memorandum of understanding signed by PhilHealth and the Philippine Retirement Authority in 2015 that aims to promote the country as a retirement haven for qualified foreigners

Ex-PhilHealth interim president: I was 'involuntarily ousted'

Apr 11, 2017 - 3:32 PM

UPDATED Hildegardes Dineros says he considers himself on hold over status and awaiting further orders and instructions from the Office of the President

DUTERTE POSE. In this file photo, former PhilHealth interim president and CEO Hildegardes Dineros (L) pose with Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial (2-L) and Celestina De la Serna (R), the new interim PCEO. File photo from PhilHealth website

Amid execs' rift, PhilHealth names new interim president and CEO

Apr 10, 2017 - 7:20 PM

The change in leadership comes amid a supposed rift between Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial and former interim president and CEO Hildegardes Dineros

NEW INTERIM PRESIDENT. The PhilHealth board names Celestina De la Serna as new interim president and CEO of the agency. File photo from PhilHealth website

PhilHealth probes P6M 'ghost claims' in Tuguegarao hospital

Mar 26, 2017 - 9:05 AM

The investigation showed that the doctor allegedly involved in the scam charged a consultation fee of P21 000 to P42 000 per ghost patient

HOSPITAL ANOMALIES? Officials investigate allegedly anomalous transactions inside the city-funded Tuguegarao City People’s General Hospital. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

News Briefs: March 9, 2017

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday March 9

COA to PhilHealth: Return P247M in illegal allowances, benefits

Feb 19, 2017 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED The notices of disallowance cover incentives given out from 2007 to 2009

News Briefs: February 17, 2017

Feb 17, 2017 - 1:46 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday February 17

Gov’t subsidies to GOCCs up 48.7% as of Nov 2016

Jan 03, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Philhealth received the biggest subsidy of P42 96 billion from January to November 2016 according to the Bureau of the Treasury

Garin not invited? House probe on dengue vaccine cut short

Nov 21, 2016 - 3:20 PM

A lawmaker also wants resource persons to secure approval from the organizations they represent before speaking about the government s school based dengue immunization program

PH making 'steady progress' on social protection – ADB

Nov 13, 2016 - 9:35 PM

The Asian Development Bank credits the country s cash transfer program and the expansion of PhilHealth for the improvement in the protection of its vulnerable citizens

Mega drug rehab center in Nueva Ecija fully operational by November

Oct 12, 2016 - 4:58 PM

Almost 50 of the facility has been constructed says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial

PhilHealth to come up with detox package for drug dependents

Sep 30, 2016 - 3:10 PM

The program is a case rate package worth P10 000 that will include confinement hospital and professional fees

Denied treatment in a hospital? Bill wants a 'Sumbungan Board' for that

Aug 18, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The proposed Senate Bill 216 seeks to increase the penalties for hospitals that will require advance payment before agreeing to confine or provide medical treatment to a patient

MEDICAL TREATMENT. A nurse tends to patients confined for typhoid fever at the overcrowded Jose P. Rizal Memorial public hospital in Calamba, Philippines. File photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Bill wants to add drug rehab in PhilHealth coverage

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Bulacan 4th District Representative Linabelle Villarica says the State must encourage more drug dependents to undergo treatment and rehabilitation at low cost health care centers

HELPING DRUG DEPENDENTS. Bulacan 4th District Representative Linabelle Villarica wants PhilHealth to expand its coverage. Photo of Villarica from her Facebook page

Ahead of SONA 2016, sectors weigh in on Duterte's promises

Jul 24, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Rappler looks back on Duterte s campaign promises about education health and environment What do experts advocates and members of civil society think about them?