By Rizal Obanil
The president of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Tuesday denied the allegation that they owed the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) hospital P180 million.
Ricardo Morales in an interview over GMA-7’s Unang Hirit said: “Walang katotohanan yan. Atsaka sa taong ito nag-advance kami ng P85 million sa COVID response. (That isn’t true. And this year we allocated P85 M for COVID response).
The PhilHealth chief said he does not know how the UST Hospital came up with the said amount.
It can be recalled that on Sunday, Dr. Marcellus Francis Pineda, medical director of UST Hospital told the UST campus newspaper Varsitarian that PhilHealth owes them P180 million.
This, and other factors, Dr. Ramirez said, was reportedly the reason why they decided to retrench some of their workers.
The planned retrenchment however, was temporarily put on hold by UST Board of Trustees, pending a review during a meeting set on May 20.
Despite the allegation, Morales said that they are now coordinating with the UST Hospital to compare records and shed light on the matter.