PhilHealth to lose P8.3-B for COVID-19 test ‘overpayments’ - Drilon

PhilHealth to lose P8.3-B for COVID-19 test ‘overpayments’ - Drilon

Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon is very worried about what can become of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) as it stands to lose P8.3 billion for the “overpayment” of COVID-19 tests.

The opposition senator raise the red flag during the Senate hearing regarding the government’s response to COVID-19, it was there he questioned the P8,150 amount to be shouldered by Philhealth under one of its COVID-19 test packages.

“The Philhealth has a package to test. The package is P8,150 per test. In other words, you go to a hospital and you have yourself tested, the Philhealth will pay the hospital P8,150,” Drilon said in an exclusive  interview on CNN Philippines’ “The Source.”
Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon
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“Now, what is the cost of the test kits? Our research shows the test kit coming from China would cost P1,500 per test. Then you have the overhead and cost of materials used, you will have another P2,000, and a margin of income of P500.00,” he explained, adding that the “reasonable cost” for the COVID-19 tests would amount to only P4,000.
“That is the cost the Philippine Red Cross charges to patients who avail of the PRC facilities,” he said.
The government intends to test 2 million Filipinos for the coronavirus , the opposition senator said Philhealth could potentially lose up to P8.3 billion.

“The Philhealth is reimbursing the hospital for the same work for P8,150. In other words, the overpayment by Philhealth is P4,150 per test. We will test 2 percent of our population or roughly 2 million Filipinos. If you multiply 2 million by P4,150.00, the potential loss is P8.3 billion to PhilHealth. There is a potential overprice of P8.3 billion,” he added.
“Kung iyan po ang babayaran ng Philhealth, ang laki ng overpricing at sa panahon ngayon na hirap ang pamahalaan—may deficit, kulang ang pera, at naghahanap ng malaking pera para sa economic stimulus—nakakalungkot iyan. Babalik ang Philhealth sa amin at sasaibihin ko sa kanila deretso na this is a criminal act. P8 billion ang masasayang at hindi naman kailangan,” Drilon said in a separate interview on Teleradyo.

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