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?

Negros Occidental gov: Include drug rehab in PhilHealth coverage

Jul 15, 2016 - 6:02 PM

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon says providing free rehabilitation to drug users who have surrendered to authorities will help sustain the anti drug campaign

WAR VS DRUGS. Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr (center) with Chief Superintendent Conrado Capa (right), director of Police Regional Office-18, and Senior Superintendent William Señoron, acting director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

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

2.4 million OFWs to benefit from MEDplus by end-2016

Jun 02, 2016 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED The new program will provide one time financial aid not exceeding P50 000 for OFWs diagnosed with dreaded diseases

PH to launch world's first 'AIDS Hour' on May 14

May 13, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Filipinos are encouraged to light a candle from 6 pm to 7 pm on Saturday May 14 to commemorate the lives of those who died from HIV and AIDS

Photo c/o Project Red Ribbon

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

Plans and promises: Presidential bets on health

Apr 18, 2016 - 11:10 AM

All presidential candidates want to provide better health care for Filipinos but how will they do it?

HEALTH CARE. 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 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

Cebu debate: Education, health on agenda, but not discussed

Mar 21, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Presidential candidates were able to tackle a few issues during the debate but they weren t asked about two key matters supposedly on the agenda

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

PhilHealth introduces hassle-free premium payment channels

Feb 19, 2016 - 5:48 PM

PRESS RELEASE: PhilHealth introduces better ways of making premium payment transactions hassle free for its members

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

9 non-financial considerations for retirees

Nov 29, 2015 - 11:55 AM

A financial expert discusses the non financial considerations every retiree should take into account

TAKING THE LEAP. It's not all about funds when it comes to retirement. Shutterstock image

Gov't asks village residents to help validate list of poor families

Nov 11, 2015 - 5:56 PM

The social welfare department has conducted an assessment of households nationwide and wants to make sure it has an accurate complete and reliable final list of those needing assistance

LISTAHANAN. The government calls on the Filipino public to help in the validation of an initial list of poor households in the Philippines.  File photo by Rappler

Hontiveros to tobacco firms: No excuses, use graphic health warning

Nov 11, 2015 - 3:35 PM

The ex PhilHealth director and senatorial aspirant says a 4 month delay in government s implementation of the law places more Filipinos at risk of tobacco related deaths

NO SCARY CIGARETTE PACKS YET. A Filipino vendor sells cigarettes in a street in Manila, Philippines, on 31 May 2011. File photo by Francis R. Malasig

Gov’t subsidies to GOCCs at P55.82B as of September

Nov 08, 2015 - 11:27 PM

The level of subsides given was 10 27 lower than the same period last year while gov’t spending is 14 below target as of the end of September

Palace: 'No debate on need for tax reforms'

Oct 31, 2015 - 5:10 PM

Let us not mislead the public The President and his Cabinet and this government [are] in favor of reviewing the tax laws says Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda

AQUINO CABINET. President Benigno Aquino III and some Cabinet officials at the NEDA Board meeting at the Palace Aguinaldo State Dining Room on June 19, 2014. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Bigger PhilHealth fund opens doors to innovative drugs

Aug 12, 2015 - 1:22 PM

A well funded PhilHealth program will now be able to support or defray the costs that patients have to pay for expensive medicines a pharmaceutical executive says

MORE SOPHISTICATED. The health care industry is looking to distribute  more innovative medicines and medical technology in the near future. Image from Shutterstock.

PhilHealth to OFWs: Update records before leaving country

Aug 11, 2015 - 11:00 AM

PhilHealth issues the reminder following misconceptions that PhilHealth contributions are no longer necessary due to the POEA s single collection policy which began April 1

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