Philhealth has no more funds? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 April 2016 13:46

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire…” (Proverbs 16:27, the Holy Bible).

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PHILHEALTH FUNDS WAYLAID? The Aquino government was elected into office in 2010 under the claim that it will never mess up with government funds which are intended for the benefit of the Filipino people, and yet, now that it is on its way out, it would seem that it has somehow waylaid billions of pesos allocated to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or Philhealth.

I am writing this based on the personal experience of my own 82 year-old mother, Mrs. Salvacion Lazo Mauricio, who was told on Thursday, April 14, 2016, that, contrary to what she had been used to in her previous medical emergencies, she could no longer avail of Philhealth deductions from her medical or hospital bills if she was not confined for at least four (4) days in a hospital.

That caused great dismay and anger on her part, because, while she was already fully cured and ready to be discharged after three days of confinement at the FEU Hospital-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation in Fairview, Quezon City by Thursday morning, she had to wait until 7:30 p.m. of that day to enable her to complete four days of confinement, and therefore enable her to claim Philhealth deductions.

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NEW PHILHEALTH RULE CAUSES A STIR: I had to rush to the hospital to sort things out, lest my mother got stressed out again. Unfortunately, the hospital personnel that I talked to insisted that, if my mother wanted to avail of Philhealth deductions (which amounted to around P10,000.00, certainly a hefty sum which she could use to buy further medicines), she should check out only after 7:30 p.m., to reflect four days of confinement.

The personnel said this regulation from Philhealth appears to be very new, and is virtually unknown and is therefore causing similar problem and discomfort to many other patients who, like mother, were caught unaware of its existence. Then, I asked: “how about the patients who will not be confined for four days, they are no longer entitled to any Philhealth deductions even if they are paying their contributions?”

The answer shocked me: yes, if the patient is not confined for at least four days, he or she will no longer be allowed to claim Philhealth deductions, and would have to pay for the entirety of their hospital or medical bills. Wow! What then is the use of paying Philhealth contributions if the contributors could no longer avail of Philhealth deductions?

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PHILHEALTH HAS NO MORE FUNDS? What prompted this new Philhealth regulation? Why is Philhealth and the Department of Health and even the entire Aquino government courting the anger of the Filipino nation—including the voters this coming May 09 elections—by disenfranchising, as it were, Philhealth members from the benefits that have been promised to, and were previously enjoyed by, them?

Could it be that the billions of government funds that are being given to Philhealth under the yearly National Appropriations Act have all vanished into thin air already? Where have all the Philhealth funds gone? Where were they used, if indeed they were  used at all? Why did not the government allocate funds for use by Philhealth members even if they had not been confined for at least four days?

Or, could it be that, some personalities are wanting to sabotage the campaign of President Aquino’s candidates in the May 09 2016 elections, so they are refusing to pay for the medical and hospital expenses of patients who were not confined for four days? Surely, if Philhealth members cannot enjoy deductions from their medical expenses, they and their family members would be voting for candidates not endorsed by Aquino, right?

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