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Roque: PhilHealth top officials, hospital owners engage in fraudulent means to steal premium contributions

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stressed that top officials of Philippine Health Insurance Coporation (PhilHealth) as well as some hospital owners have long been engaging in fraudulent means to steal the funds of the agency.

In The Filipino Times’ live streaming on Facebook titled ‘TFT Usapang OFW: Tulong at Serbisyo para sa bawat OFW mula kay Pangulong Duterte’, the spokesperson said that even before coronavirus disease (COVID-19), these officials have been involved in various scams and “gimmicks.”

“Nagkakaroon ng kontyabahan sa mga opisyales ng PhilHealth at mga ospital like ordinaryong sipon papalabasin na pneumonia para makakakuha ng bayad para sa pneumonia. ‘Yung mga mattanda hindi naman kinakailangan magpa-cataract, hahakutin nila at bibigyan ng grocery para maka-cataract at makasingil ang ospital,” he said.

READ ALSO: ‘MATINDI ANG SINDIKATO SA PHILHEALTH’: Roque hopes new evidence against agency will cause overall ‘systemic change’

With the current pandemic, however, Roque said their corruption schemes were taken to a whole new level.

He said that PhilHealth has sent “billions and billions” of pesos to places that do not have COVID-19 cases, asking people to spend it without the need to liquidate it.

“Binibigay lang nila sa mga kakontsyaba nila na hospital owners,” stressed the spokesperson.

He also cited how in its proposed ICT budget, the agency has blatantly overpriced its information and communications technology (ICT) projects—with laptops worth more than PHP119 million, 43 unspecified “ICT resources” worth P40 million, and 3 unnamed projects for PHP98 million.

“‘Yan ang mga paraan kung paano nila pinagpipyestahan ang pondo ng taumbayan at premiums na binabyaad, kasama ang binabayad ng mga OFW. Talagang walang hiya,” he said.

However, he said that new evidence against PhilHealth, he hopes, will bring about an overall change.

“Tingin ko dahil matindi na ang mga ebidensya na nakalap natin, magkakaroon na ng systemic change, hindi lang change in the faces, pero importante na matanggal na ang mga members ng sindikato na pinangalan naman sa Senado,” he said.

SEE ALSO: PhilHealth top officials stole PHP15 billion – whistleblower

Jamille Domingo-Marasigan

Jamille Domingo-Marasigan gathers stories on a wide array of topics, particularly on the Philippines, UAE, Saudi, and Bahrain—which are published on The Filipino Times Newspaper, The Filipino Times Website, and The Filipino Times Newsletter. She also presents the news on cam in the pre-recorded daily broadcast of The Filipino Times Newsbreak—a run-through of the most important events of the day, reaching 5,000 to 20,000 views—to deliver stories to audiences inclined to audio-visual content online. For recommendations and story pitches, you can reach her at [email protected]

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