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Whistle-blowers in Philhealth-Wellmed scam arrested

Oct 04, 2019 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Lawyer Harry Roque is requesting the Ombudsman to take over so the whistle-blowers can qualify as state witnesses

ARRESTED. Whistleblowers Liezel Aileen De Leon and Edwin Roberto (1st and 2nd from left, in the background) are arrested over estafa cases related in the Philhealth-Wellmed ghost dialysis scandal. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on Philhealth, DOH corruption allegations

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Philhealth allegedly continues paying WellMed Dialysis Center even after its accreditation was suspended because of its involvement in a scam

PhilHealth officials: NBI accusations 'sweeping, irresponsible, insensitive'

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

PhilHealth officials accused of failing to flag fraudulent claims of the Wellmed Dialysis Center, say the NBI copied their names from a harmless document without investigating them

NBI files graft complaints vs 21 Philhealth officials over Wellmed scam

Aug 28, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The officials hold different positions in the accreditation committee of Philhealth

COA approves special audit of Philhealth funds – Drilon

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Senate Minority Franklin Drilon also says the Commission on Audit will conduct an 'accurate review' of the actuarial life of Philhealth

Ex-Philhealth officials, 'Mindanao group' trade allegations at Senate hearing

Aug 14, 2019 - 6:54 PM

The group, composed mostly of Philhealth regional vice presidents, are reportedly known in the government agency for their clout. Members of the group call themselves 'anti-fraud crusaders.'

PHILHEALTH MAFIA? 4 of the alleged 7 members of PhilHealth mafia appeared before the senate blue ribbon committee which is investigating the anomalies in PhilHealth. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WellMed received payments from PhilHealth despite suspension

Jul 29, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the dialysis center was even paid ‘with record speed’ of just two days at the time when the fraud was already made public

COA to Philhealth regional officials: Return P34-M illegal bonuses

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Commission on Audit denies the petitions for review filed by Philhealth regional offices in Metro Manila and Soccsksargen

Angara wants Senate probe into Philhealth scam

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says the probe would help craft policies to 'prevent such fraud' and 'conduct a review of the fund utilization' of the government corporation

Duque volunteers to be investigated by DOJ in ongoing PhilHealth probe

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Even though he was not being probed, the health secretary asks the DOJ to investigate him

WARNING ISSUED. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque asks the DOJ to include in tis investigation his family-owned property leased to PhilHealth in Dagupan City,  Pangasinan. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: PhilHealth’s problems started during Hontiveros' term – Garin

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:34 PM

The former health secretary said they spotted fraudulent schemes way back in 2006. Hontiveros was not yet part of PhilHealth then

Ricardo Morales named PhilHealth president

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) From being appointed to the MWSS, retired army general Ricardo Morales has been tapped to head the embattled PhilHealth

Gov't to run after corrupt health providers, PhilHealth officials – Duque

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:58 PM

'Tama na ang hocus pocus...I will ensure that justice will be served to those who defraud the system,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

WARNING ISSUED. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque hits fraudulent payments made over 'ghost' kidney treatments. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Why doctor in Philhealth scandal is still detained despite warrantless arrest

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:42 AM

’It is unclear what the basis is,’ says law professor Ted Te who also called a court’s habeas corpus ruling ‘confusing’

IN DETENTION. Wellmed Dialysis Center owner Dr Bryan Sy will remain in detention despite a warrantless arrest. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

After reshuffle, PhilHealth COO Ruben Basa to take over as officer-in-charge – Duque

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque II assures the public PhilHealth's services would not be affected by the reshuffle and change in leadership

Dialysis center staff face fraud charges, but not Philhealth officials

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Complaints of estafa and falsification of documents are filed against 10 employees of the Wellmed Dialysis Center, including the two whistleblowers

PHILHEALTH SCANDAL. Dr Bryan Sy (center) of Wellmed Dialysis Center faces complaints of estafa and falsification of documents before the Department of Justice. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte asks doctor-businessman Jaime Cruz to be PhilHealth president

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Dr Jaime T. Cruz, CEO of the JTC Group of Companies, is yet to accept the President's offer

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) officials led by its acting president, Dr. Roy Ferrer, during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Doctor tagged in Philhealth scandal arrested without warrant

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Dr Brian Sy, an owner of the dialysis center that allegedly charged Philhealth for the treatment of ghost patients, is arrested when he shows up at the NBI on a subpoena

WARRANTLESS ARREST. The National Bureau of Investigation arrests without a warrant one of the owners of the WellMed Dialysis Center tagged in the ghost claims Philhealth scandal. Photo by Angie de Silva

Duterte asks PhilHealth acting president, board members to resign

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:53 PM

(UPDATED) But President Rodrigo Duterte will still need to accept their resignation. Malacañang gives assurances PhilHealth services will not be hampered.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 36th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 1, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte eyes reshuffle at PhilHealth

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:46 AM

(UPDATED) The planned reshuffle stems from allegations that the government agency paid for the dialysis treatment of patients who were already dead or had completed their treatment

Duterte orders PhilHealth to run after employees in 'ghost' kidney treatments

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:18 PM

PhilHealth management must pursue criminal complaints against officials and employees involved in the alleged scam, says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 2019 Eid'l Fitr Celebration at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Davao City on June 6, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

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'

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.

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COA: 4.2M PhilHealth members with defective records

Jul 08, 2016 - 9:18 AM

Auditors say the deficiencies could adversely affect the delivery of services to members and to the operation of PhilHealth

Expanding PhilHealth benefits: Where will presidential bets get the money?

Apr 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM

PhilHealth President Alex Padilla welcomes proposals to expand benefits but he says revenues from the sin tax law alone won t be able to sustain these promises

COA orders PhilHealth to return P63M unlawful cash bonuses

Apr 03, 2016 - 6:34 PM

State auditors say that the productivity incentive bonuses released in 2011 have no legal basis

PhilHealth gets biggest share of subsidies among gov't firms in 2015

Mar 27, 2016 - 2:51 PM

Government owned and controlled corporations GOCCs received subsidies amounting to P78 01 billion 1 68 billion in 2015 according to the Bureau of Treasury

Members need not panic: PhilHealth has P128-B reserve funds

Mar 10, 2016 - 7:49 PM

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation belies news reports quoting one of its board members that it is about to go bankrupt in 10 months

Health reform advocate Anthony Leachon named PhilHealth director

Jan 19, 2016 - 1:06 PM

The multi awarded physician is the representative of the Monetary Board in the PhilHealth board

CIVIC MOVER. Dr. Anthony Leachon. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pneumonia fraud this time: PhilHealth stops paying 2 hospitals

Aug 04, 2015 - 6:16 PM

At least two hospitals are involved in upscaling simple cough or sore throats cases into pneumonia cases to claim higher benefit payments from PhilHealth

Aquino to critics of health services: ‘I thank you, bow’

Jul 27, 2015 - 6:32 PM

The President borrows singer Aiza Seguerra s words to respond to Vice President Jejomar Binay s criticism that the current government is insensitive and a failure

INSENSITIVE? During his last State of the Nation Address, President Benigno Aquino III takes a swipe at Vice President Jejomar Binay, who called the current government 'insensitive and a failure'. Rappler photo

PhilHealth's new limit on cataract surgeries 'anti-poor' – doctor

Jul 24, 2015 - 8:30 AM

But PhilHealth president Alex Padilla says the agency had to implement the limit – 10 patients a day 50 patients a month – to prevent doctors from abusing the case rate system

Guingona hits PhilHealth for 'slow' processing of cases

Jul 23, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Sitting on [cases] for 6 years is simply inexcusable says the chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee

Only eye clinics in NCR monitored for fraud so far

Jul 23, 2015 - 6:11 PM

Senator Teofisto Guingona III asks the health department: How many people have to go blind before we start an honest to goodness nationwide monitoring?