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Aug 19, 2020


Iloilo first District Rep. Janette Garin solicited the Department from Budget and Management (DBM) Thursday to evacuate and reallocate the billions worth of spending plan for the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) in 2020 refering to the inconsistencies dogging the state protection framework.

"Maliwanag dad po kaysa sa laki ng mata at ulo ko na maraming apparition individuals, deceitful cases, duplication of costs, and extreme organization costs (ang PhilHealth)," Garin said during the very first moment of the House examination of the P4.1 trillion National Expenditure Plan for 2020.

"Will you be amendable that before we pass the financial plan, and conscious it in the whole, baka pwede ilagay na lang muna ito sa isang ahensya o institusyon, where in the event that PhilHealth can't convey the bundles expected of them, at that point the administration has a choice to offered it to the private part? Why? Since wellbeing can hardly wait," the previous Health secretary included.

DBM Acting Sec. Wendel Avisado said they couldn't evacuate the allocations for PhilHealth as this is ordered by law. In any case, Avisado said Congress could practice its oversight force and they would follow whatever adjustment in the NEP the House may see as essential.

"We do our activities or acts at the DBM in accordance with what is accommodated by law and based on the directions and approaches of the President. As to the designation of assets for PhilHealth, that is legally necessary and in this way we have to do that," he said.

Under the proposed use plan for one year from now, some P166.6 billion was dispensed for the full usage of the Universal Health Care Act. Some P67.4 billion from this was set for the national medical coverage program of PhilHealth.


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