Abolishing Philhealth: Members’ contributions intact

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Amid threats of abolishing the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) due to massive corruption, the Palace assured the public that members’ contributions to the agency will be much protected.

In an interview on Double B sa News TV, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque on Saturday said “Sakali mang bubuwagin o i-privatize ang PhilHealth dahil sa corruption, hindi papayagan ng pamahalaan na mawala ang contributions, bagkus, mapaigi pa ito.”

Roque made the remark when asked if it was still safe for members to continue their monthly contributions.

He clarified that in the event that PhilHealth will be reorganized, there would be a transitory provision in the law, noting that the health insurer was created by a law, thus it should also be ended through a law.

Moreover, he pointed out that newly appointed PhiHealth chief Dante Gierran is ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte to rid the agency of corruption until the end of the year.

Roque believes there are still good and honest people in PhilHealth, which is why the alleged irregularities have been exposed, and that the agency could still be saved.

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