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PhilHealth releases new COVID-19 testing rate package

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:03 AM

PhilHealth releases the new COVID-19 testing package after it drew criticism for supposed pricey rates

PhilHealth eyes libel over claim late payments forcing 300 hospitals to close

May 30, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines chief Rustico Jimenez is practically blackmailing PhilHealth into ‘paying out public funds without due diligence,’ says the government-owned corporation

After backlash, PhilHealth lowers COVID-19 testing rate to P4,210

May 22, 2020 - 1:52 PM

'This is a victory for better governance and anti-corruption drive. Our triumph has proven that our collective voice is stronger than ever,' Senator Franklin Drilon says

Drilon asks PhilHealth to review P8,150 coronavirus testing package

May 20, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon warns PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales that the agency runs the risk of 'overspending or overreimbursing' if it does not review its current package

File photo of Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon during a Senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pandemic to cost global insurers $203 billion – Lloyd's

May 14, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Lloyd's of London says the coronavirus pandemic would have a 'unique' impact on the insurance industry, with its 'devastating' economic, human, and social cost

South Korean soldiers wearing protective gear prepare to spray disinfectant on the street to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Seoul on March 6, 2020. - South Korea's total reported infections -- the largest figure outside China, where the coronavirus first emerged -- rose to 6,284 on March 6, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

[ANALYSIS] The inhumanity of PhilHealth’s new fees on overseas Filipinos

May 05, 2020 - 1:28 PM

Although PhilHealth already put on hold the collection of the new premium rate – at least over the course of the pandemic – it must also revoke some of the unconscionable rules it had put in place

FALSE: Risa Hontiveros quote on OFWs paying higher PhilHealth rate

May 04, 2020 - 10:08 PM

Hontiveros did not say the quote attributed to her. She labeled the quote card as 'fake news.'

After OFW rate hike draws ire, PhilHealth suspends collections

May 04, 2020 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) The state insurer says overseas Filipinos and self-employed members can give their contributions until the end of 2020

300,000 sign online petition opposing increase in OFW PhilHealth contributions

May 03, 2020 - 6:20 PM

(UPDATED) Filipino migrant groups also urge the government to enforce a moratorium on all state collections from OFWs during the coronavirus pandemic and remove punitive penalties

GSIS increases life insurance coverage of health workers by P500,000

Apr 14, 2020 - 6:10 PM

GSIS members nationwide may also avail of a P20,000-emergency loan, payable over 3 years at 6% interest per annum

SALUTE. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow frontliners outside the doors of the Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PhilHealth announces rate package for coronavirus hospitalization

Apr 07, 2020 - 2:55 PM

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation says that a total of P6 billion has been released so far

PhilHealth to cover expenses of coronavirus patients until April 14

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The state insurer says it will release a new set of guidelines which will include 'appropriate case rate and protocol' for the coronavirus disease coverage

Lack of PhilHealth rules on coronavirus expenses leaves patient’s family in limbo

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:10 PM

PhilHealth earlier announced a P30-billion budget to cover all expenses of coronavirus patients who are its members, confined in accredited hospitals. Banking on this assurance, the son of a COVID-19 patient checks if his father, who has a running bill of P1.4 million, is covered as well.

The Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital on March, 30, 2020, installs plastic dividers to separate health workers from patients as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PhilHealth to shoulder coronavirus-related expenses

Mar 26, 2020 - 1:54 PM

PhilHealth says it is releasing P30 billion to its accredited hospitals amid the coronavirus outbreak. Will this be enough?

PCSO turning over P420 million to PhilHealth for coronavirus response

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:42 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says funds will be used for the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation's coronavirus packages

RESPONSE. To protect themselves from COVID-19, nurses from UP Health Service in Diliman, Quezon City, put sheets of plastic as a divider with patients coming in and out of the hospital. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

PhilHealth commits P30 billion to hospitals vs coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The move provides health care providers with 'much needed liquidity' to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic


PhilHealth to shoulder coronavirus test costs – Malacañang

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:42 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles also says diagnostics company Manila Healthtek is developing a 'rapid test kist' to aid in testing for COVID-19

COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS. People wear face masks for protection amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LGBTQ+ partners can be beneficiaries of life insurance policy– IC

Mar 07, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The Insurance Commission says insurance companies cannot refuse the designation of non-relatives as beneficiary unless they break certain qualifications stated under the Civil Code

Duterte appoints to DOH ex-PhilHealth exec who quit over fraudulent claims

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Roy Ferrer is named an assistant secretary of the Department of Health months after he was made to hand in a courtesy resignation over fraudulent claims made to PhilHealth

BACK IN GOVERNMENT. File photo of Roy Ferrer from PhilHealth

Ex-chief justice Lucas Bersamin is new GSIS chairman

Feb 14, 2020 - 7:22 AM

As new GSIS chairman, Bersamin will face the review of the planned sale of a 67-hectare property at the Manila North Harbor

GSIS HEAD. Former chief justice Lucas Bersamin is the new chairman of the GSIS Board. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Sun Life celebrates 125th anniversary with 5 million insured Filipinos

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:28 PM

A grand concert musical written and directed by Floy Quintos was also held to celebrate this milestone

Shuttered AMA Bank refuses to turn over records – PDIC

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:41 PM

PDIC gives employees of AMA Bank of Mandaluyong 24 hours to turn over bank records or face the 'full force of law'

How to be financially independent and prepare for retirement the right way

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Research has shown that Filipinos lack the proper preparation for their retirement years

Hontiveros slams private hospitals for threat to cut ties with Philhealth

Oct 23, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros calls the threat 'sad and ill-timed' as the landmark Universal Health Care Act will begin implementation next year

'CALLOUS, CRIMINAL.' Senator Risa Hontiveros slams private hospitals' threat to withdraw accreditation from Philhealth due to unpaid reimbursements.

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

ROUNDTABLE: How partnerships enrich lives

Sep 30, 2019 - 4:02 PM

No one makes it through life alone – having a partner can make life more fulfilling! Watch our roundtable discussion on September 30, 4 pm onwards.

American poverty fell in 2018 but more lack health insurance – U.S. Census

Sep 11, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Data show government health coverage intended for the poorest Americans weakened in 2018, notably affecting large numbers of children

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

Applying for GSIS loan program now easier for San Juan City gov't workers

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The San Juan City government and the GSIS sign a memorandum of agreement on the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan program for city government workers

LOAN FOR GOVERNMENT WORKERS. San Juan City government workers may now apply for the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan program through the GSIS booth at the San Juan City Hall.

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

Why you need a life partner – and not necessarily the romantic kind

Aug 06, 2019 - 2:40 PM

We all value independence. But there are some things we can’t do alone.

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

HMOs told not to discriminate against people living with HIV

Jul 17, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The Insurance Commission sets guidelines for health maintenance organizations on the assessment of risks of persons with HIV or perceived to have HIV

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

Duterte says he fired Jesus Aranas

Jul 06, 2019 - 8:47 AM

'I will deal with corruption. I’m dealing it until now,' says President Rodrigo Duterte before announcing in a speech in Leyte that he sacked the GSIS executive

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Education Secretary Leonor Briones and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Jesus Clint Aranas following the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing betweeen the GSIS and Department of Education (DepEd) at the Malacañan Palace on April 16, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

GSIS backpedals on planned sale of port property

Jul 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

GSIS Chairman Rolando Macasaet says they revoked resolutions authorizing the sale of the 67-hectare property where ICTSI is operating


TIMELINE: GSIS, Enrique Razon's dispute over port property

Jul 04, 2019 - 4:15 PM

GSIS president Jesus Clint Aranas quits his post amid revived plans to sell the land where port tycoon Enrique Razon's ICTSI operates. Here is a timeline of events dating all the way back to the 1970s.

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

GSIS president Jesus Aranas resigns

Jul 02, 2019 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) 'I resign, secure in the knowledge that I have unwaveringly advanced the interest of GSIS and its members,' GSIS president Jesus Clint Aranas says in his letter to President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the welcome remarks of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Atty. Jesus Clint Aranas during the 81st anniversary celebration of the GSIS at the Gymnasium of the GSIS Financial Center in Pasay City on June 19, 2018. Joining the President on stage are Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) President Alfredo Lim and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Your guide to starting your financial journey, from insurance to investment

Jun 21, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Learn how to achieve financial independence, whatever life stage you're in

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