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Kesa panay reklamo: Ping advises PhilHealth chief to manually verify 130-year-old members

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Instead of complaining about 5,000 members who are at least 130 years old on its database, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) might want to address this the old-fashioned way: by verifying manually.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson gave the suggestion as he questioned PhilHealth president Ricardo Morales’ motive in airing this “complaint.”

“If I were PhilHealth president, may issue na 5,000 members na 130 years old na, di nila alam buhay o patay, mag-random ka na lang sana. Pa-check mo manually muna kung wala kang computerization system na ma-address ang situation,” he said in an interview on CNN Philippines.

“But what did he do? I think he’s just offering an excuse for the senators to be convinced that there’s really need to enhance the IT system of PhilHealth,” he added.

Lacson said there is “no argument” that PhilHealth’s IT system must be upgraded, adding the Senate is “more than willing” to support it.

However, he maintained PhilHealth must undertake serious reforms first, noting the corruption there is systemic.

“I’d say it’s systemic. As per the testimonies of at least 2 of the witnesses, there seems to be a mafia-like syndicate operating in PhilHealth. And this syndicate is composed of members of the execom. That we intend to dig deeper into. Because if corruption has become systemic in an organization, there must be a deeply rooted group or clique responsible for the corruption,” he said in an interview on ANC.

“There were cases in the past na hospitals on record had received their reimbursements when in fact the hospitals denied they actually received the payments. So may sindikato na dinuduktor ang records sa PhilHealth to make it appear the hospitals had already received payments,” he added.

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