No need for PhilHealth execs to resign, as new appointments underway: official

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 09 2019 06:12 AM

The resignation of PhilHealth officials and a reshuffle of their ranks are unnecessary following "ghost" dialysis allegations involving a Quezon City clinic, a spokesperson said Saturday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—The resignation of PhilHealth officials and a reshuffle of their ranks are unnecessary following "ghost" dialysis allegations involving a Quezon City clinic, the corporation's spokesperson said Saturday.

Shirley Domingo explained that President Rodrigo Duterte is set to appoint new board members anyway, as stated under the Universal Healthcare Law.

The President earlier said he would "reorganize" the PhilHealth after it lost some P154 billion to bogus patients and deliveries.

"Well, I heard earlier that there was a call for our board members to submit their courtesy resignation. My comment there is actually we're already in transition because of the Universal Healthcare Law," Domingo told ANC. 

"So, the president really is supposed (to) under that law name board members. So I don't think that's necessary."

Domingo said the agency has prepared a document for Malacañang to brief the President on the details of the case.

She said PhilHealth officials will also be investigated but said there "is no proof yet of involvement." 

Domingo added that the PhilHealth has placed reforms to "make sure that fraud is identified."