Press Release
May 26, 2015


Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chair Senator Teofisto "TG" Guingona III is set to probe numerous alleged anomalous and fraudulent claims by accredited hospitals and clinics to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), the total amount is reported to be at P2 billion.

"We endeavor to give Filipinos not only greater access to health care, but also increase PhilHealth benefits. Questionable practices and actions of health care service providers are detrimental to the integrity and sustainability of PhilHealth," Sen. Guingona said, who is also the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health.

PhilHealth officials earlier raised red flags on some benefit payments to accredited hospitals and clinics around the country amounting to P2 billion, including P325 million worth of 'highly suspicious' benefit payments to two eye care centers in Metro Manila.

The Department of Health stated that an investigation was prompted after an audit of the year 2014 showed that a suspiciously large sum was paid by PhilHealth for cataract procedures.

Sen. Guingona pointed out that there are disturbing claims that some accredited hospitals and clinics would seek out large volume of PhilHealth members to operate on, even if the treatment is unnecessary and may even be dangerous to the patient.

"If found true, this is a matter of national concern. It is criminal to misappropriate funds that are actually needed by other patients. But to endanger the lives of Filipinos as a means to eat through PhilHealth's funds is beyond deplorable," Sen. Guingona stressed.

"We are therefore conducting an inquiry on this matter to ensure that Philhealth, as the country's premier health insurance provider, would have adequate policing mechanisms that will promote transparency and accountability among health care providers," Sen. Guingona said.


Attached is the soft copy of Philippine Senate Resolution No. 1368 directing BRC and the Senate Committee on Health to probe the reported suspicious claims of hospitals and clinics with PhilHealth amounting to P2 billion.

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