PhilHealth, private hospitals' group settle spat over delayed payments: Go

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 25 2019 12:00 PM

MANILA - The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and a group of private hospitals have settled their squabble over delays in the processing of claims, a lawmaker said Thursday.

Both parties have agreed to continue working together to provide medical services for patients, Senate Committee on Health and Demography Christopher "Bong" Go told reporters.

PhilHealth officials told their counterparts from PHAPI that payments take time as "the management wants to make sure the outstanding claims are not denied or fraudulent claims," said Go, who presided over the meeting in an undisclosed location, Thursday evening.

PhilHealth agreed to "conduct quarterly regional 'reach-out' forums wherein hospitals are invited to raise their issues and concerns," he said.

Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPI) President Rustico Jimenez earlier warned PhilHealth that several medical facilities would not renew their ties with the state-owned insurance firm if it would not hasten payment for private hospitals.

PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales said Rustico's "thinly-veiled threat was just a figment of imagination."