PhilHealth eyes full automation by 2021

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 26 2019 10:13 AM | Updated as of Aug 26 2019 11:47 AM

MANILA- Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Corporation transactions may be fully automated by 2021, its president Ricardo Morales said Monday.

The move is the first step in curbing corruption within the agency and a preparation for the full implementation of the Universal Health Care law as well, Morales said.

"It's not gonna be a snap of the fingers thing, it's gonna take some time," he told ANC's Headstart.

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The state health insurance agency has been under close scrutiny for the past months following reports of fraudulent claims and the existence of an alleged "mafia" within.

On Sunday, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said PhilHealth must first curb corruption within the agency before lawmakers pass a measure that would raise excise taxes on alcohol products, which would serve as additional funding for the implementation of the Universal Health Care Law.

Morales meanwhile assured lawmakers that PhilHealth is working to rid the agency of corruption.

"That's actually logical because you don't put something into a container that has holes, it will leak and you will lose all that money. But it's not an either-or situation, they can collect the taxes and we can fix simultaneously," he said.

The PhilHealth chief also assured the public that an internal investigation is underway to address corruption but refused to disclose details on the progress of the probe.