House starts probe on alleged new PhilHealth scams on Aug. 5
MANILA, Philippines — The probe to be conducted by the House of Representatives into the recent allegations of corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will start on August 5, Wednesday.
The House committee on public accounts, led by Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor, will conduct the hearing with summoned officials of PhilHealth and Department of Health (DOH) to attend.
Also invited to appear at the House probe is Thorrsson Keith, a former anti-fraud legal officer at the PhilHealth. He resigned supposedly over allegations of widespread corruption within the agency.
“Mr. Keith should explain what these spillages are, what are the instances of corruption in the state health insurance firm, and who are the officials and personnel involved,” Defensor said in a statement on Sunday.
Bayan Muna party-list also filed a resolution seeking an investigation on the reported irregularities in PhilHealth including the releases of Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM) Fund.
The IRM is PhilHealth’s financial assistance for hospital partners affected by natural disasters.
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