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Morales: PhilHealth ‘potentially lost’ P10.2B to fraud in 2019

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 11:41 AM August 04, 2020
PHILHEALTH / FILE AUGUST 30, 2019 / SAVED MAY 21, 2020 PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Ricardo Morales gestures during a news conference in Quezon City on Friday, August 30, 2019. Earlier the National Bureau of Investigation and former Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque filed criminal charges against PhilHealth officials accused of involvement in the multimillion-peso scam. INQUIRER PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Ricardo Morales. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

MANILA, Philippines — About P10.2 billion from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.’s (PhilHealth) budget was “potentially lost” to fraudulent transactions and schemes in 2019.

This loss could balloon to P18 billion by next year if not addressed properly, PhilHealth president Ricardo Morales revealed on Tuesday during a Senate inquiry on the alleged corruption in the agency.

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Morales, citing a study in December last year, said the state insurer’s fraud index rate was at 7.5%, while the global average is at 10% to 20%.

“In other words, of the 176 billion spent by PhilHealth last year of benefit payments, P10.2 billion was potentially lost to fraud,” he said.

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“Next year, if the right thing is not done, of the P240 billion planned benefit expenditure, this potential loss could balloon to P18 billion,” the PhilHealth president added.

The “systematic” fraud plaguing the agency will only be stemmed by a “robust, integrated, and harmonized information management system” that could run a membership database, Morales claimed.

He added that the current information management system of PhilHealth is “fragmented, aging and overextended ministered by overworked IT professionals.”

However, the IT project of PhilHealth, which is supposedly designed to stop fraud and scams within the agency, was flagged as “overpriced” by government auditors.

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