PhilHealth clarifies fund transfer to national government

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In response to the allegation of former presidential spokesman Harry Roque that P90 billion in surplus Philippine Health Insurance Corp. funds was remitted to the Bureau of Treasury, PhilHealth defended its transfer of funds to the national government, saying it was given consent by authorities.

Individuals continue to avail services as face-to-face operations and transactions continue at the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. in Quezon City on September 26, 2023.MANILA, Philippines — In response to the allegation of former presidential spokesman Harry Roque that P90 billion in surplus Philippine Health Insurance Corp. funds was remitted to the Bureau of Treasury , PhilHealth defended its transfer of funds to the national government, saying it was given consent by authorities.

PhilHealth vice president for corporate affairs Rey Baleña said: “We would like to clarify that said fund to be returned to the national government has been approved by our Board of Directors in compliance with the 2024 General Appropriations Act as implemented by Department of Finance Circular No. 0003-2024.”

He noted that with regards to UHC implementation, excess funds are indeed being used to increase benefits. Meanwhile, independent health reform advocate Dr. Tony Leachon said the DOF Circular goes against the spirit of the UHC Law.

 

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