Poe urges PhilHealth anew to address unpaid claims of health facilities

Poe urges PhilHealth anew to address unpaid claims of health facilities

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA – Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday urged Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) anew to address unpaid claims of health facilities so as not to adversely impact the timely delivery of health services, especially to the poor.

In a statement, Poe said that the announcement that several major hospitals in Iloilo will cut association with PhilHealth is alarming and could be a portent of things to come that must be averted.

“PhilHealth must not renege on its obligation to pay promptly as the survival of the health care system is at stake,” Poe said.

The lady senator said that hospitals could not forever shell out their own money or get mired in debts as they await reimbursements from the health insurer.

“Our health care system must not be held hostage by bureaucracy and incompetence in government,” she said.

“The poor who need social protection the most will bear the brunt of this uncertainty if it remains unsolved,” Poe ended. (ai/mtvn)

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