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PhilHealth pays half of debt to Red Cross

PhilHealth pays half of debt to Red Cross

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has finally settled half of its debt to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), albeit a day later than expected.

In a statement, PhilHealth said it released Tuesday P500 million as partial payment to the PRC and “will expedite processing of the remaining balance following strict compliance to government accounting rules and regulations.”

While PhilHealth may have settled half of its over P1 billion debt to PRC, screening by the humanitarian organization may not restart soon.

“Its prudence in taking charge of its members’ hard-earned contributions is central to the state health insurer. Its exercise of judiciousness is to protect the people and their funds,” Gierran said.

Several problems have cropped up since the PRC decided to halt tests covered by PhilHealth, among them the stranding of thousands of returning overseas Filipino workers who are still quarantined in hotels and cannot go home without a negative result on a coronavirus test.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has said that this has doubled the costs for the government due to the extended stay of returning migrant workers in quarantine hotels.

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