Angara wants PNP-like internal affairs unit within PhilHealth: Para huli ang gumagawa ng mali!
Senator Sonny Angara has proposed the creation of an internal affairs unit similar to that of Philippine National Police within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) amid corruption allegations hounding the agency.
Angara said the creation of so called “integrity units” will allow PhilHealth officials to spot irregularities within the agency easily.
“Philhealth should beef up its anti-fraud system. Mas maraming “integrity units” to vet, validate and verify claims, hindi naman lahat but at random, to capture inaccuracies,” he said in a statement Wednesday (August 14).
Angara clarified that he is not eyeing a “spy system” within Philhealth, but a system that could weed out fraud.
The Senate blue ribbon committee held a hearing on Wednesday on the alleged anomalies within Philhealth.
Angara said it was clear that there are employees of the state-run health insurance agency that can access the members’ database to manipulate the claims.
“I find it disturbing that we do not seem to hear about any PhilHealth personnel being charged either administratively or criminally. Ang mas maugong ay ang parami ng parami na mga kaso ng fraud na nangyayari sa PhilHealth na mukhang walang ginagawa para mapigilan ito,” he said.
Aside from creating an internal affairs unit, Angara said Philhealth should also have a strong information technology system in place so it can come up with a more transparent billing process.
“If the telcos are capable of counting, up to the last second, the calls and texts of tens of millions of its subscribers, then why can’t PhilHealth do something similar so that its members would be able to know how much they will have to pay for their hospitalization?” he said.