Drilon urges tight audit of PhilHealth

SENATE Minority Leader Franklin Drilon pushed for a special audit of PhilHealth amid issues of corruption and losses in the agency.

Drilon expressed concern over the issues hounding the state health insurer, considering that PhilHealth subsidizes a considerable amount of patients’ hospital bills and other medical needs.

“Ang unang hinihingi natin, puwede ba ang COA magkaroon ng special audit sa PhilHealth? Anong ibig sabihin ng special audit? Talagang masuri, detalyado ang gagawin, hindi lang yung annual audit,” Drilon said.

Drilon explained that PhilHealth has incurred about P26 billion in net operating losses in the past five years, excluding about P48 billion in unpaid claims.

The senator stressed that with the enactment of the Universal Health Care Act, PhilHealth would need more funds to continue providing its services to the people.

According to the senator’s estimate in 2020, the PhilHealth would need P257 billion which could rise to P319 billion by 2024.

“So importante sa atin, unang-una na yung corruption ay matigil natin,” Drilon said.

“Overpayment na nga, corruption pa. Kaya hindi nababayaran ang claims ng ospital,” he added.

He also insisted on some reforms to be implemented in PhilHealth’s collection system.

“Tingnan natin kung ang collection efficiency ng PhilHealth, may mga nagsasabi na 50 porsiyento lamang ng collectibles ang nakokolekta. Kailangan i-examine natin ang sistema, systems analysis. Hindi yung dagdagan natin ng daan-daang tao,” he further.

“Kung kailangan na kailangan, let’s look at these systems with the computerization, IT, available technology,” he added.