Delayed payment by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to government hospitals in Negros Occidental that has hit more than P400 million is hampering their operations, and will be raised at a provincial health pre-summit at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City today, officials said yesterday.
Private hospitals in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental reportedly have the same complaints.
The concerns of the hospitals will be raised before Dr. Celestina Ma. Jude de la Serna, PhilHealth interim OIC president and chief executive officer, who has been invited to the pre summit, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. said yesterday.
Marañon and Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd district), who initiated the holding of the pre-summit, will be at the affair that begins at 10 a.m. today.
Dr. Estrella Ledesma, Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital chief, will present issues and concerns for the Department of Health, and a response is expected from DOH Regional Director Dr. Marlyn Convocar, the pre-summit program states.
Dr. Claudelia Josefa Pabillo, chief of the Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan, will present the hospitals’ issues and concerns for PhilHealth, to which De La Serna will respond, the program also states.
Records show that the 11 Negros Occidental provincial government-run hospitals, as of March 2018, had collectibles of P219,080,330 from PhilHealth, although the figure is subject to verification, Leonardo Eusebio, who heads the provincial government’s Hospitals Operations Division, said.
He said PhilHealth could have downloaded some amount since the report was made.
Of the P219M the provincial government hospitals listed as having the largest amounts of collectibles are the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital at P114,156,224 and the Lorenzo D. Zayco Hospital in Kabankalan with P84, 224, 476, the HOD report showed.
Dr. Julius Drilon, CLMMRH chief, said PhilHealth owes his hospital more than P200 million and if no payment is made soon its operations will be gravely affected by July.
The hospital will suffer from medicine shortages and will be unable to provide other services to its patients, he warned.
He said the operational expenses of the CLMMRH was reduced from P100 million to P60 million this year.
The delay in PhilHealth payments has been going on for two years now and if not acted on soon patient care will be severely affected, he said.
He said the delay in Phil Health payments is also being felt by private hospitals and by doctors in the province.*CPG
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