MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) president and CEO Attorney Dante Gierran on Thursday announced that the state health insurer will start paying hospitals and healthcare institutions for their insurance claims next week.
This, after Private Hospital Association president, Dr. Rene De Grano, reported the closure of two hospitals due to PhilHealth’s nonpayment of claims.
De Grano made the announcement at Thursday’s House Committee on Public Accounts hearing on the issues hounding the state health insurer.
De Grano said the said hospitals could no longer sustain their operations because of the said nonpayment of PhilHealth claims.
“Pareho po ang sagot nila, bakit sila nagclose. Kasi hindi na po kaya na mga hospital na isustain ang kanilang operations. Bakit? Ay kasi po ang lahat ng ginastos nila sa mga hospital na pera namin para sa mga members ng PhilHealth ay hindi po naibibigay sa amin. Ibig sabihin hindi po nababayaran,” De Grano said.
At this point, Gierran made the promise to healthcare institutions concerning their PhilHealth claims.
“Next week babayaran ito. Doon pa rin sa DCPM. Ibig sabihin niyan, 60 percent, rather kung magkano ang amount dapat bayaran namin dun sa healthcare institutions, ay bayaran agad outright,” Gierran said.
To date, PhilHealth’s unsettled claims to hospitals have already amounted to P21.1 billion.
Meanwhile, the PhilHealth chief lamented that the agency is already hurting from being battered by the controversies surrounding them, including the issue of unpaid hospital claims.
“Sobrang bugbog na po kami. I open my heart, bugbog na po kami [. . .] It’s unfair na kami lahat mali,” he said.
He added that he never experienced such degree of criticism during his tenure as the director of the National Bureau of Investigation.
“I was the director for four months. Hindi ako binugbog ng kumentaryo doon. Pero dito po, naku kawawa. Pamilya ko, mga kaibigan ko, mabuti yun nakaintindi,” he said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)