Private hospitals to hold ‘PhilHealth holiday’ on January 1-5

A group of in the country promotes the ‘PhilHealth holiday’ on January 1-5.

According to Dr. Jose Rene De Grano, the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. encourages. (PHAPI) their members to observe a “PhilHealth holiday” on such dates and will not first receive PhilHealth deductions for health services.

He said this is also in support of the that are protesting the claims that are still not being paid by PhilHealth.

“Starting Jan. 1, i-encourage namin ang aming mga miyembro na wag muna tumanggap ng PhilHealth from January 1 to January 5, nang sa ganon po, gusto lang namin ipakita ang aming pagsuporta sa aming mga kasamang ospital,” said De Grano in an interview.

(Starting January 1, we encourage our members not to receive PhilHealth from January 1 to January 5, so that we just want to show our support to our fellow hospitals.)

“Hindi po muna kami magde-deduct ng mga PhilHealth benefits (we will temporarily stop deducting PhilHealth benefits),” he added.

De Grano added that not all health facilities can be immediately disconnected from PhilHealth because some of its services are dependent on its payment.

Private to hold ‘PhilHealth holiday’ on January 1-5

“Maaari po ka­sing mabigat para sa ibang ospital na kumalas kaagad dahil may mga serbisyo po na talagang dependent sa PhilHealth. Ngayon po ipapakita po namin na sinusuportahan namin ang mga ospital na kumakalas,” he said.

(It can be just as difficult for other to immediately because there are services that are really dependent on PhilHealth. So today, we will show that we support hospitals that are leaving.)

It will be recalled that PhilHealth claims swelled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some health institutions have also been the first to say that they target not to receive PhilHealth reimbursements after their payment was delayed due to the pandemic.

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) was created in 1995 to implement universal health coverage in the Philippines. It is a tax-exempt, government-owned, and controlled corporation (GOCC) of the Philippines and is attached to the Department of Health.

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