PhilHealth Pays P367M for Red Cross COVID-19 Testing
MANILA – The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) paid 367 million pesos to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) after its chairman, Senator Richard Gordon, threatened to suspend COVID-19 testing on inflated government debts.
Under Secretary of Health Maria Rosario Vergeire said the payment was made last Tuesday, the day Gordon again criticized PhilHealth for the delay in a Senate hearing over alleged anomalies within the state-run health insurance agency.
Vergeire did not mention the amount, but Gordon said the payment was 367 million pesos. He said PhilHealth still owed PRC 481.3 million.
“We are continuously collaborating and coordinating with the Philippine Red Cross for health related issues,” Vergeire said at an online press conference, noting that the PRC accounted for around 40% of the country’s COVID-19 tests. . .
(We are continually working in partnership and coordination with the Philippine Red Cross to avoid such problems in the future.)
As part of its contract with PhilHealth, the PRC secured a cash advance of 100 million pesos, which was supposed to be replenished once 40 to 60 percent of the amount had been spent, Gordon said.
But delays in payments from PhilHealth have forced the PRC to use its own funds. The budget is used to purchase COVID-19 test kits.
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