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PhilHealth chief: ‘Premature’ to meet Duterte over corruption allegations

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:48 PM

'Meron tayong inefficiencies. Merong maling pasok ng dokumento, mali ang pagfill up ng form, pero walang syndicate colluding to defraud the corporation at that scale,' PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales says

ONLY 'INEFFICIENCIES'. PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Ricardo Morales denied corruption allegations. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PhilHealth extends payment of contributions for self-paying members to June 30

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:50 PM

PhilHealth also says that flexible and deferred payment scheme remains an option for overseas Filipino workers

Lawmakers oppose proposal to delay universal health care law implementation

Jun 16, 2020 - 6:32 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros tells PhilHealth the coronavirus pandemic is the 'litmus test' for the implementation of the Universal Health Care Act

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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

[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

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

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

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

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

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