PhilHealth denies P10 billion 'debt' to hospitals

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 14 2018 10:16 AM

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MANILA - The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation denied Wednesday that its debt to private hospitals could run from P6 billion to P10 billion.

The supposed debt stems from PhilHealth's failure to settle reimbursement claims from 2011 to 2017, alleged Dr. Rustico Jimenez, president of the Private Hospital Association of the Philippines (PHAP).

PhilHealth found no record of any such debt and was only processing claims worth P338 million from 63 hospitals, said agency Spokesperson and Vice President for Corporate Affairs Dr. Shirley Domingo.

The PHAP may have computed rejected claims as part of PhilHealth's supposed "debt", she told radio DZMM.

PhilHealth posted P9.3 billion net income in September, contrary to Jimenez's claim that it lacks funds to settle hospital claims, added Domingo.

"Very strong financially po ang PhilHealth ninyo ngayon at hindi po nami-mismanage ang pera po," she said.

(PhilHealth is very strong financially and its funds are not mismanaged.)

"We're willing naman to open our books to them and discuss with them all their claims na sinasabi nilang utang namin," she added.

(We're willing to open our books to them and discuss with them all their claims, which they say are part of our supposed debt.)

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Rustico, however, maintained that PHAP has statements of account proving PhilHealth's supposed debt.

The debt, he added, may force some hospitals to refuse non-emergency patients.