The Philippine Red Cross said it would stop conducting COVID-19 tests funded by Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) because of the state insurer’s “ever-increasing outstanding balance.”
“We are constrained to cease conducting tests chargeable to PhilHealth effective today, 14 October 2020. We shall complete the testing of all specimens submitted to the PRC up to 11:59PM today,” the PRC said in a statement dated October 14.
Starting today, October 15, Red Cross would no longer process COVID-19 tests of those listed in the Department of Health’s expanded testing guidelines (DOH) per its memorandum no. 2020-0258-A, including overseas Filipino workers, individuals through the mega swabbing facilities and local government units, frontline health and government workers, and those arriving in airports and seaports.
According to Philippine Red Cross, PhilHealth needs to pay its overdue balance of P930,993,000 before they resume their service.
“The PRC entered into an agreement with PhilHealth for the latter to reimburse the PRC for these priority tests requested by various government agencies,” it said.