August 23, 2019
SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go assured the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. (Phapi) that his panel is willing to listen to their concerns regarding claims payment from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).
Go, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, said Phapi president Rustico Jimenez could present their issues to the Senate.
He added he would relay the issues raised by Phapi to PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales.
“Dalawang venue po ang pwede niyong pagsabihan ng inyong hinaing na mapangako ko sa inyo. Unang-una, doon sa [Senate] hearing pwede niyong sabihin, at malaman ng publiko kung ano ang naging problema at bakit nagkaroon ng utang sila at ipasagot nga natin (You have two venues where you can air your concerns. First, in a Senate hearing),” Go told Jimenez.
“Pangalawa naman ay pinakiusapan natin ang Presidente ng PhilHealth, si General Morales, na humanda po doon sa mga claims ninyo at papakinggan kayo privately kung ano ang mga dapat ayusin at [para] hindi na magkaroon ng mga ganitong problema, (Second, I asked the president of PhilHealth, General Morales, to listen to you privately and discussed what should be fixed to avoid this kind of problem),” he added.
Dozens of private hospitals have complained that their claims have not been paid by PhilHealth.
“Naiintindihan ko po ang pinanggagalingan ni Doctor Jimenez. Kapag may delay or non-payment of PhilHealth claims, apektado po ang mga doctors at apektado rin ang serbisyong kanilang maibibigay sa mga pasyente (I understand where Dr. Jimenez is coming from. If there is delay or non-payment of PhilHealth claims, doctors are affected as well),” Go said.
He gave assurances that these concerns would be addressed during the joint hearing of the health and blue ribbon committees next week.
The senator lamented that if these issues continue, hospitals might have difficulty providing quality service.
In an interview with Ted Failon, Go mentioned that he would help enhance medical services.
On the upgrading of medical equipment in public hospitals, Go said he would discuss matters with Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd.
“Nakatutok po ako at dapat po magagamit ang pera ng Health [department] sa tama at sa mga equipment (I am on it and it is just right to use money allotted for health on equipment),” the senator said.
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