Tue. Apr 13th, 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte instructed PhilHealth to expedite its processes and ensure no delay in fulfilling its mandate amid the ongoing pandemic.

This was disclosed by Senator Christopher “Bong” Go who personally followed up the matter with Philhealth Chair Dante Gierran during his attendance at the blessing and turn-over ceremony of the Department of Health-Quezon Institute Off-Site Modular Hospital in Quezon City.

Go asked as well for PhilHealth’s commitment to speed up payments and fulfill obligations particularly to the Philippine Red Cross as well as hospitals with valid claims.

Earlier, Go also urged PhilHealth to scale up its response to the pandemic by providing expanded protections against medical costs, particularly for families that are facing the financial strain of the pandemic.

“As the primary health insurance provider of millions of Filipinos, it is important that PhilHealth adapts to the current challenges the country is facing today,” said Go.

“Gaya po ng parating sinasabi ko sa inyo, ipaglalaban ko na patuloy ma-implementa ang Universal Health Care Law at maisaayos ang operasyon ng PhilHealth,” Go said, adding that the government, as a whole, must do its best to unburden Filipinos by providing necessary, reliable, and efficient health services in line with the UHC law, especially amid the ongoing pandemic.

In line with President Duterte’s directive, Go stressed that PhilHealth must extend its coverage to patients admitted in tents and makeshift facilities given the limited capacity of hospitals.

In a recent statement, PhilHealth said that enhanced guidelines will be issued soon to ensure that adequate financial protection is duly provided to patients without compromising quality of care. PhilHealth also guaranteed that COVID-19 patients are entitled to health insurance coverage for testing, isolation, and treatment for mild to critical cases.

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