PhilHealth execs still at their posts

THE Department of Health has reported that President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to formally accept the courtesy resignation of some officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. or PhilHealth.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said the present officials of the health insurer will continue to occupy their posts until the President has officially accepted the resignation letters they submitted after Duterte asked PhilHealth president Roy Ferrer and the board members on Monday to submit their courtesy resignations amid allegations of ghost kidney treatments.

“Wala pang official acceptance. Ang sabi sa akin ni Executive Secretary [Salvador] Medialdea ay mananatili rin muna sila hanggang sa mayroong official acceptance. Kailangan daw ng official acceptance bago sila umalis at habang nandiyan sila, magta-transition planning na. Hindi naman daw puwedeng basta iwanan mo. Maaantala ang serbisyo ng PhilHealth,” he said.

Duque on Tuesday said PhilHealth Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Basa would be the corporation’s officer-in-charge (OIC).

He added the top officials were asked to turn over their responsibilities to their next in line.

The health chief also disclosed that he has ordered a revamp of the accreditation committee of PhilHealth in connection with the multi-million-peso “ghost dialysis” controversy.

He faulted the committee for the failure to revoke the accreditation of Wellmed Dialysis Center, the facility being linked to the controversy.

“Meron nang nagkamali kung bakit ibinalik yung recommendation ng PhilHealth NCR to revoke the accreditation of Wellmed. Tukoy na namin ‘yan. I am ordering a revamp of this particular unit,” he said.

Duque added that he will also look at other operating units in line with the continued reorganization of PhilHealth.

“There is a possibility of connivance, I think, because it’s hard to believe that this will just be happening without somebody from the inside who knows how to circumvent, how to go around the processes of PhilHealth. The full force of the law will be there and it’s going to catch you. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” he said.

Duque and PhilHealth officials met with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night and the President asked for the courtesy resignations of PhilHealth president Roy Ferrer and Philhealth’s board members. On Tuesday, Duque met with members of PhilHealth’s board.