Senator Franklin Drilon at Wednesday’s (August 13) hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee expressed concern on the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s ability to pay its members the necessary claims and benefits in the next ten years.
“I do not know how to sustain these in the next 10 years if you keep on incurring a net operating cost. At the end of the day, you might see a collapsing Philhealth,” Drilon said.
This is after the Commission on Audit (COA) released its report of the state insurance’s yearly net operating loss that has now reached billions of pesos.
To which Philhealth vice president for Data Protection, Nerissa Santiago answered: “Those were the years that we increased the benefits without the increase in premiums.”
Other senators were also alarmed by the alleged anomaly and corruption in the agency, including overpayment and ghost dialysis patients.
With this, former Department of Health (DOH) secretary and now Iloilo representative Janette Garin recommended the abolition of the case rate payment scheme and the privatization of some of the operations of the state insurance.
This, she said, will help eradicate corruption.
“Scrap the case rate case. Push through with the individual membership on smaller premium para mawala po ang [so that we will eliminate] ghost members,” Garin said. (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
Over 200 rescued children are still waiting to be fetched by their parents according to the Manila Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
These children are among the 365 minors rescued from the streets in the past 30 days. Only 129 have been fetched by their parents.
The Manila DSWD said the rest of the rescued children are temporarily staying at the Manila Boystown in Marikina City.
DSWD Director Maria Fugoso said not all of the rescued children are from Manila.
She said they are already coordinating with several local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila.
Fugoso reminds parents not to let their children wander off in the streets.
“Sana iyong mga magulang maalagaan iyong mga anak nila kasi hindi naman sila forever nasa Boystown (I hope the parents can care for their children because they cannot stay in Boystown forever),” she said.
Mayor Moreno plans to talk with the parents of the children rescued from the streets.
“There’s a law that punishes the parents under the concept of neglect of minors. Now we’re looking into it,” he said.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)
MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker has sought investigation against those responsible for the millions- worth of stored medicines nearing expiration at the Department of Health (DOH).
Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy urges the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate officials of the DOH who may be responsible for keeping the medicines worth P367 million instead of giving them out to patients in need.
Herrera-Dy also lamented that even they, who draft the annual budget appropriations for the DOH, couldn’t have their share of the medicines for their constituents.
The lawmaker argued that the public will no longer benefit from those medicines as they are nearing expiration.
“Nakaka-highblood itong nadiskubre ng COA na mayroong P367 million na imbentaryo ng mga gamot na hinayaan lamang mag-expire at hindi napakinabangan ng taumbayan,” she said.
(It’s annoying to hear COA’s discovery of about P367-M worth of medicines stored only to expire and that the public would no longer benefit from them.)
“Gayong kami mismong mga nasa Kongreso ay nahihirapang magrequest ng mga gamot para sa aming constituents,” she added.
(When we in Congress were having a hard time requesting for medicines for our respective constituents.)
The Commission on Audit (COA) flagged the DOH for failure to dispense P367.158 million worth of drugs which are nearing expiration.
The Department said it will investigate the non-distribution of the soon-to-expire medicines.
The Department of Justice (DOJ), meanwhile, said it will also look into the report and will file administrative and criminal cases as appropriate. – with reports from Grace Casin
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