The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) assured the public that it has enough funds to pay its outstanding balance of over P930 million to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
“Babayaran talaga ng Philhealth iyan [PhilHealth will really pay for that]. We have money for that,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Dante Gierran in a television interview on Friday.
Gierran said the total amount that they are going to pay the PRC may differ because the testing rate has already been adjusted.
“May mga rates iyan. May rate na before I came P3,500 kada isa ang testing and then because of the decreasing cost lately, umabot nalang ng P3,409 [There are rates for that. The testing rate before I came in was P3,500 per testing and then because of the decreasing cost lately, it is now only P3,409],” said Gierran.
In a statement on Thursday, the state health insurer said it is now in close coordination with the PRC to “thresh out issues pertaining to the said partnership so the PRC can immediately resume accommodating RT-PCR tests for priority sectors that will be paid for by PhilHealth.”
The PRC had earlier announced that it would no longer receive specimens for testing that are funded by Philhealth, particularly returning overseas Filipino workers, those arriving in airports and seaports, those in mega swabbing facilities through local government units, and others included in the expanded testing guidelines of the Department of Health.