By Analou De Vera
President Duterte is expecting the officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to submit their courtesy resignations within Tuesday, June 11, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III bared.
“We had a meeting with the President yesterday (Monday, June 10) and the marching order is quite clear– he expects that the letters of resignation will be in before the end of the day,” said Duque during a press briefing at the Department of Health main office in Manila.
“What is clear initially is the acting president and CEO (Dr. Roy Ferrer) and six other presidential appointees to the board have been instructed to tender their courtesy resignations,” he added.
Duque said that the chief executive wanted to have a “clean slate” on PhilHealth.
“He would like to study the challenges confronting PhilHealth and he is contemplating on bringing in experts from SGV to help audit the operating systems and management systems of PhilHealth; giving himself 10 days to mull over what he thinks might have caused the problem,” he said.
Duque said that the PhilHealth officials will still have to stay until their resignation letters are formally accepted by the Office of the President.
“[Executive Secretary Salvador] Medialdea advised me last night, they have to stay until formal acceptance of letters of resignation because hindi mo pwedeng they just leave their post. We will talk about who will be in-charge, who will now take over, who’s next in rank. These things are very important in terms of operation,” said the health chief.
“We cannot afford to compromise the services that PhilHealth provides. It has to be very important that there is going to be a transition,” he added.
Duque said that he instructed PhilHealth to identify how many cases account for “ghost claims.” To note, the PhilHealth said that it is currently investigating close to 9,000 cases of fraudulent activities.
“This is really a very serious problem of fraud; and PhilHealth is improving its fraud detection deterrence and [its] anti-fraud capacity building. PhilHealth is now being worked on to reduce if not eliminate the occurrence of fraudulent claims,” he said.