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The well-entrenched corruption at the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is turning off ordinary Filipinos, who are considering pulling out their contributions from the agency.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Friday this is a sobering scenario as this could force government to increase its subsidies to the controversy-hit agency.

“Sa akin din may nagtatanong, mapu-pull out na ba namin ang premium? Parang di yata pwede. Pero ang nakakapangamba, pag nawalan ng gana ang myembro, baka di na mag-register. Baka mag-opt out. E lalong mababawasan ang contribution, walang equity,” Lacson said in an interview on DZAR radio.

“Ang lolobo riyan, ang lalaki, ang subsidy ng gobyerno kasi dalawa ang pinanggalingan ng PhilHealth na resources nila: Ang contribution ng member at subsidy ng gobyerno,” he added.

On the other hand, Lacson said PhilHealth is also allowed by its charter to invest, including in time deposits. He said the Senate may look into this in its investigation.

“Ang kukunin natin records ng investment nila para makita natin kabuuan, ang financial status ng PhilHealth,” he said.

The Senate’s investigation focuses on at least three issues: overpricing in IT procurement, implementation of the Interim Reimbursement Mechanism, and doctoring of financial statements.

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