The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) revealed on Thursday, June 6, that they have filed charges against the dialysis center in Novaliches, Quezon City accused of collecting the claims for dialysis treatment of deceased patients.
Acting PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Roy Ferrer said that they filed 28 counts of administrative cases against WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center.
The government – owned corporation also filed complaints against four doctors in 2018 for their alleged involvement in the so-called ‘ghost dialysis’ treatments.
Ferrer stressed that PhilHealth does not condone fraudulent acts since it ‘undermines the people’s entitlement to one of their basic rights as human being, the right to appropriate medical care’.
“This is the truth of it. We acted upon this case and not sitting on it,” the PhilHealth president insisted during a press briefing.
PhilHealth Chief Legal Officer Rosario Del Rosario added that they have directed and will assist their National Capital Region in filing criminal charges at the regional trial court against the medical facility.
“We are just waiting, of course, the results of these cases that was filed against that particular facility but we have also provided a suspension of payment of all claims being filed by the particular hospital since February,” Paragas added.
In a report released by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, former employees of WellMed Edwin Roberto and Liezel Santos divulged detalis regarding the alleged wrongdoings of the dialysis center.
Roberto and Santos said that they have reported the issue to Philippines but expressed disappointment since the investigation of the corporation is slow.