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Bacolod, Negros hospitals not cutting PhilHealth ties

There is no move from Bacolod private and government hospitals to forego renewal of their accreditation with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) over unpaid claims for COVID-19 cases from last year.

Reports from Manila Tuesday, November 2, quoted Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. president Jose Rene de Grano as saying that some private hospitals in Metro Manila, Iloilo, Cagayan Valley and General Santos City are keen to disengage from PhilHealth over its continued failure to pay reimbursement claims.

Dr. Ma. Antonia Gensoli, medical director of the Riverside Medical Center Inc., said there has been no move from hospitals in Bacolod City to disengage from PhilHealth.

The Negros Occidental provincial government-run hospitals are also not disengaging from PhilHealth, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

“We don’t see any problem; we would like to work harmoniously with PhilHealth because many of our patients need it. They cannot pay for their own hospitalization and medicines,” he said.

PhilHealth will remain a partner of the provincial government-run hospitals, Diaz said.

The provincial government’s medicine debts to suppliers have greatly decreased, which means PhilHealth is paying the province for indigent patients’ needs, he said.

Two years ago the provincial government owed suppliers P80 to 100 million and now it is almost less than P10 million, Diaz said.*

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