Gordon names state health insurance firm ‘Fail Health’

Published August 18, 2020, 9:40 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Call it ‘’Fail Health,’’ not ‘’PhilHealth.’’     

Senator Richard Gordon (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Senator Richard Gordon (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Senator Richard J. Gordon gave this name change to show his disgust at the unbridled corruption at the beleaguered Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) in Tuesday’s third hearing by the Senate Committee of the Whole.        

Gordon cited a litany of alleged irregularities at the state insurance agency whose finances are bleeding because of corruption and questionable decisions by its ‘’in-house mafia.’’       

He said the corrupt practices at PhilHealth stink.       

What is needed is an overhaul ‘’and get the rascals out,’’ Gordon told Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, committee chairman.       

Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon and Justice committees, said the credibility of PhilHealth is falling that he renamed it as ‘’Fail Health.’’        

He cited cases of favoritism by PhilHealth officials in the giving of Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM) to favored or unaccredited hospitals that have very few beds and have no or very few coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.        

He also told his colleagues in today’s hearing of a regional director throwing a party where the surprise was a box.        

When opened, a naked woman came out, ‘’danced and gyrated.’’        

The officer, Paolo Perez, maintained that there was no naked woman in the box but a singer who was not able to sing.        

When Gordon stated that the party with the woman in the box took place during office hours, Perez said his surprise party took place during lunch break.

 
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