The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is locked in another controversy after it was discovered that P114 million of PhilHealth contributions to Accenture, a business process outsourcing company, is missing.
Iloilo first district Rep. Janette L. Garin, vice chair of House committees on Health and Population and Family Relations, bared that five PhilHealth employees were suspended for alleged manipulation of PhilHealth database.
Accenture is one of the largest BPO companies in the Philippines with more than a hundred thousand employees in 48 countries. Started in 2003 in the country, it has since employed more than 1,000 people.
Garin had asked PhilHealth to start dealing strict disciplinary sanctions in order to finally end issues of fraudulent activities within the government’s health insurance agency.
This new accusation of fraud within the PhilHealth System echo past unresolved cases filed against the agency since 1995.
PhilHealth has been consistently reported that it suffered huge unnecessary losses of about P4 billion due to fraudulent reimbursements and claims.
Among these anomalous transactions include unnecessary and overpriced medical procedures and fake medical missions such as the one involving “suspicious” cataract medical missions in Iloilo and Bacolod, as well as the postal checks scam that drain the PhilHealth.