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PhilHealth holiday: a protest for unpaid claims

PhilHealth holiday: a protest for unpaid claims

After the snail-like pace of reimbursement from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, private hospitals were urged to turn down coverage from the state-insurer beginning January 1 to January 5, 2022, after claims remained unpaid during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The call for a “PhilHealth holiday” was made by the  President of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Incorporated (PHAPI), Dr. Jose Rene De Grano, on December 27, 2020, as a way to show support for several private health insurance facilities that had decided to cut ties with PhilHealth.

According to its website, PHAPI currently has over 600 members, and for hospitals that will participate in the so-called PhilHealth holiday, PhilHealth benefits will not be deducted from health services during the period of the holiday.

Months of delayed payment and unpaid claims, which have affected many private hospitals’ ability to operate and cater to patients, preceded Dr. De Grano’s proposal.

Seven hospitals in Iloilo city have even decided not to renew their accreditation because of PhilHealth’s unpaid claims.

As a response, Philhealth hoped Dr. De Grano would reconsider as it will be the Filipino people who will suffer the consequence of the decision.



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