Chiz urges PhilHealth to prevent disengagement, resolve unpaid claims to HCIs

Chiz urges PhilHealth to prevent disengagement, resolve unpaid claims to HCIs

By Ernie Reyes

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MANILA — Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero has expressed alarm at the increasing number of private and tertiary hospitals disengaging from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) due to hundreds of millions in unpaid claims.

Escudero urged PhilHealth, which oversees the country’s National Health Insurance Program, to immediately resolve unpaid claims to prevent the disengagement of hospitals and build confidence in its ability to run the insurance program, which is essential to affordable health care.

“How can you provide universal health care when you have more and more hospitals giving up their PhilHealth accreditation? This is going to hurt our implementation of the Universal Health Care Act because private hospitals are integral to a functional health service provider network, especially in municipalities and cities where there are no public tertiary hospitals,” he said.

Seven major hospitals in Iloilo have announced that they are cutting ties with PhilHealth because of unpaid claims amounting to P545 million collectively. These are the Iloilo Directors’ Hospital, Iloilo Mission Hospital, Medicus Medical Center, Metro Iloilo Hospital and Medical Center Inc., St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo, The Medical City-Iloilo and Qualimed Hospital-Iloilo.

In Metro Manila, the Far Eastern University-Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation (FEU-NRMF) became the first private hospital to declare that it will no longer renew its accreditation with PhilHealth beginning 2022 because of over P200 million in unpaid claims. (AI/MTVN)

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