PhilHealth 'mafia' probed

Department of Health yesterday said government agents are investigating the alleged mafia within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) amid the “ghost dialysis” scandal.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III on Tuesday disclosed that the obvious connivance among different units in the PhilHealth that facilitates fraudulent claims scams point to the existence of a mafia operating in the agency.

Duque said allegations that there were PhilHealth officials involved in the supposed ghost dialysis practices of WellMed Dialysis & Laboratory Center Corp. are being looked into by the National Bureau of Investigation.

“Kasama yan sa imbestigasyon na isinagawa. Kaya nga inihanda na ang pakikipagtulungan ng PhilHealth sa NBI para ma-establish through a chronology of events. Kasi yung chronology of events, matutukoy mo anu-anong opisina ang humawak ng mga dokumento, saan nagkapasahan ng dokumento, saan nagkabalikan ng dokumento, bakit naging napakatagal bago nila malitis ang kasong ito,” he said.

The controversy started when two former employees of WellMed bared the alleged “ghost dialysis” treatments for patients who were already dead.

President Rodrigo Duterte has asked for the courtesy resignations of top PhilHealth officials, including acting president Dr. Roy Ferrer.

Meanwhile, Bryan Sy, one of the owners of WellMed, has been detained over an estafa complaint.