NBI arrests controversial dialysis center owner

June 10, 2019

GOVERNMENT agents yesterday arrested the owner of WellMed Dialysis Center tagged in the “ghost dialysis” controversy now troubling the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.  (PhilHealth).

National Bureau of Investigation, Anti-Graft Division chief Nathaniel Ramos said Dr. Brian Sy was arrested on charges of estafa, falsification of public documents, and violation of the PhilHealth law.

But Sy denied any responsibilty in the alleged filing of PhilHealth claims for dialysis sessions under the names of patients who were already dead.

He claimed that his former employees were the ones involved in the multi-million-peso scam.

An irate President Duterte recently ordered the arrest of Sy over the nonexistent dialysis treatments.

”I tell them, ‘Arrest the idiot, bring him to Malacañang’,” the President was quoted as saying.

”I will ask him, ‘Tell me the truth and I will throw you to the river.’ But he will be extricated, we will not allow him to be drowned.”

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday formally released Department Order 287 directing the NBI to conduct a probe and case build-up into the “ghost dialysis” controversy involving Philhealth.

“The NBI... is hereby directed and granted authority to conduct an investigation and case build-up on the alleged irregular and fraudulent claims for payment of dialysis and other medical treatment of Philhealth members and beneficiaries, reportedly perpetrated by WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center Corp., other hospitals and health clinics in connivance with unknown Philhealth officials and and employees, and if evidence warrants, to file the appropriate charges against persons found responsible...,” the order read.

The “ghost dialysis” modus was recently uncovered when two whistleblowers came out in the open and claimed that WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center located in Novaliches has been filing claims for dialysis sessions under the name of a already deceased patients.