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Poor, underprivileged on the losing end of PhilHealth holiday — Quezon solon

Dec 29, 2021 @ 15:39

By Billy Begas

House Committee on Health and Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan on Wednesday said that the poor and underprivileged will be at the losing of the plan of private hospitals to stop the processing of PhilHealth claims.

Tan said what is happening now is contrary to the objective of the Universal Health Care law, which seeks to guarantee equitable access to quality and affordable health care goods and services.

Aside from calling on the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Incorporated (PHAPI) members not to push through with their plan, Tan urged the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to decisively resolve the “nagging issue” of delayed payments.

Tan said the so-called PhilHealth holiday will unduly subject patients to pay the entire cost of hospitalization since hospitals will not process deductions from PhilHealth.

“This is not a people-oriented and patient-centered approach for the delivery of health services and certainly not the right way of starting the new year,” she added.

Lawmakers have been calling for an overhaul in PhilHealth to make it more responsive to the needs of the people.

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