By Chito Chavez
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has condemned allegations of “ghost” claims that were paid from 2016-2018 with PhilHealth funds to kidney treatments by WellMed Dialysis & Laboratory Center involving deceased patients.
CHR spokesperson. Jacqueline Ann de Guia said such practices deprives the needy access to treatments “crucial in achieving a dignified life’’.
Stressing it as corruption, de Guia asserted that at its core the immoral and unlawful diversion of funds entrusted under the care of government agencies “is a form of human rights violation.”
She added the unlawful and fraudulent acts of the government’s medical clinic partners harms the people’s human right to health and social security pointing specifically to the dialysis center fiasco.
De Guia insisted the illicit turn of events marred by anomalies in the kidney center necessitates the proper and full implementation of the Universal Health Care Law (RA 11223).
She noted this should start “with making sure that the “implementing rules and regulations give premium to greater transparency, better safeguards, and stronger accountability mechanisms in addressing loopholes and corrupt practices of any kind’’.
The CHR official also urged the private healthcare sector of their “responsibility to preserve human life through the respect for human rights’’.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Sunday released the co-owner of Dr. Bryan Sy, co-owner of WellMed Dialysis Center after posting a P72,000 bail as ordered by the court.
Sy was placed in NBI detention for six days in connection with alleged fraudulent claims involving deceased patients.
He was arrested for allegedly ordering former employees to make dialysis treatment claims from state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on behalf of patients who had already died.
On Saturday, a Manila court issued Sy’s release papers after his camp posted a P72,000 bail.
To recall, the Department of Justice indicted Sy and his former employees Edwin Roberto and Leizel Aileen de Leon, for estafa through falsification of official documents.
Roberto and De Leon had earlier came out in public and exposed WellMed’s alleged malpractice.