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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

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?

PhilHealth scam: Eye doctors deny fraud allegations

Jul 09, 2015 - 9:42 AM

Can a doctor with a suspended PhilHealth accreditation still perform cataract surgeries? Apparently yes – at least in one clinic in Metro Manila

PhilHealth scam: 'Unnecessary' laser procedures done on patients

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:26 PM

How do eye clinics get more claims from PhilHealth? Health officials say doctors do unnecessary procedures after a patient s cataract surgery causing more harm

Eye clinics: 'Seekers' bring patients to doctors, not to us

Jul 02, 2015 - 9:53 AM

Quezon City Eye Center and Pacific Eye Institute ask PhilHealth to lift the suspension on their benefit payments

WHO'S RESPONSIBLE? Eye clinics are asking the PhilHealth to life the suspension of their benefit payments. File photo from Quezon City Eye Center's Facebook page

Harsher law needed to prevent PhilHealth claims fraud – Guingona

Jul 02, 2015 - 7:00 AM

The chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee says there is basis to believe a syndicate is behind questionable PhilHealth claims made by some hospitals and eye clinics

LAW NEEDED. Senator Teofisto Guingona III says there is basis to believe a syndicate is behind the questionable PhilHealth claims made by some hospitals and eye clinics. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

How eye clinics 'syndicates' defraud PhilHealth

Jul 01, 2015 - 7:13 PM

A PhilHealth investigation shows at least 6 health facilities solicited patients for cataract surgery using seekers who act like syndicates

90 days of dialysis per year now covered by PhilHealth

Jun 26, 2015 - 7:25 PM

The number of hemodialysis covered by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation has been doubled

Senate to probe questionable PhilHealth claims

Jun 25, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The health department is already investigating highly suspicious benefit payments to PhilHealth accredited health care providers particularly eye centers

PhilHealth: Negligent employers face hefty fines, penalties

Apr 23, 2015 - 2:18 PM

PhilHealth issues the warning following reports that some employers have not remitted or under remitted to the national state insurer the premium contributions deducted from their employees salaries

'Tsekap': Philhealth has new benefits for indigents

Mar 13, 2015 - 5:15 PM

Under this new package of health services indigents and sponsored members do not have to pay any amount beyond what PhilHealth pays for during hospital admission

#AnimateED: Seniors and silver linings

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:30 AM

When the executive and legislative branches are in sync to provide social protection we all gain from it

SC asks Aquino, execs to explain Philhealth premium hike

Feb 13, 2014 - 4:13 PM

The Supreme Court won t issue a TRO but has directed President Benigno Aquino III and Philhealth officials to explain the increase in members payments

Graft charges filed vs Philhealth execs over car insurance

Feb 06, 2014 - 7:43 PM

Nine current and past officials insured Philhealth service vehicles with a private firm which is prohibited by state auditing rules and Republic Act 656

Stop 'unreasonable' Philhealth premium hike, SC told

Jan 30, 2014 - 6:50 PM

Calling the premium increase an abandonment of government responsibility to subsidize healthcare the labor group is also appealing for a TRO

PhilHealth to bring perks issue to SC

Jan 19, 2014 - 1:03 AM

PhilHealth in a statement Saturday says it is being unfairly misjudged even after formally explaining in November 2013 the legality of the bonuses

COA: PhilHealth perks illegal, unreasonable

Jan 16, 2014 - 10:01 PM

The state audit agency junks Philhealth s appeal to reverse the disallowance of P87 79M in bonuses and allowances paid to execs and employees in 2003 and 2004

PhilHealth launches disability benefit package

Oct 31, 2013 - 8:35 PM

The P15 000 benefit is initially available in 3 hospitals: UE RMMC PGH Philippine Orthopedic Center The President is looking at expanding the coverage

PhilHealth says P1.48-B bonuses questioned by COA legal

Oct 18, 2013 - 7:15 PM

Vice president for corporate affairs Israel Francis Pargas says PhilHealth is willing to challenge COA in court

Philhealth defies COA, pays P1.45-B bonuses

Oct 14, 2013 - 8:42 PM

While its reserve fund falls P3 8 billion short of the minimum required Philhealth also gives private contractors special events gift and project completion benefit

Philhealth to launch machine-readable cards in August

Aug 01, 2012 - 6:35 PM

By August Philhealth will start issuing machine readable cards

JUST SWIPE IT. Philhealth President Eduardo Banzon shows off the new Philhealth cards which will be released to members beginning August 2012.

#HealthAlert: Wealth for Health Summit Blog

Jul 31, 2012 - 9:04 AM

Wealth for Health is on critical healthcare financing issues as well as the many aspects of universal health care

Gov't urged to fund health insurance for vendors, drivers

Jul 25, 2012 - 6:10 PM

Current funds only subsidize the poorest of the poor not the working poor former Health Secretary Francisco Duque says