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Kita ng PhilHealth malaki naman; premium panatilihing 4% – solon

MANILA, Philippines- Dapat manatili sa 4 porsyento ng buwanang sweldo ng miyembro ang premium rate ng state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), dahil sa malaki nitong kita at limitadong coverage ng healthcare expenses, base kay House appropriations panel senior vice chairperson Stella Quimbo nitong Miyerkules.

Inihayag ito ni Quimbo sa public hearing na isinagawa ng House health panel, at sinabing inaasahang kikita ang PhilHealth ng P173 bilyon mula lamang sa premiums.

“This amount does not even include income from investments. Every year, they not only collect premiums from workers. They also get very huge appropriations from Congress. There’s P80 billion for premium subsidies and on top of that, P20 billion for benefit expansion,” anang mambabatas.

“This is how huge the amount PhilHealth is getting annually. Ironically, PhilHealth’s benefit spending is too low. The out-of-pocket spending on the average is about 50 percent. That’s among the lowest in Southeast Asia. This is proof that it is overcharging its members. What we should do is to adopt an actuarially fair premium. Perhaps we can begin with 4%,” patuloy niya.

Sa ilalim ng batas, ang PhilHealth premium rate para sa 2024 ay dapat na maging 4.5 porsyento, subalit ipinagpaliban ito ni Pangulong Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. kaya nanatili sa 4% ng sahod kada buwan ang premium rate.

“The problem with PhilHealth premium rates is that it’s on a schedule under the law. That is why I will propose, perhaps, that we should do away with the schedule,” giit ni Quimbo.

Tugon naman ni PhilHealth Chief Operating Officer Eli Santos, batay ang hirit nilang budget sa Kamara sa mga pag-aaral, at matutugunan ang mga alalahanin ng mambabatas sa pamamagitan ng pag-amyenda sa Universal Healthcare Law.

“We are concerned not only in increasing the benefits but also on the sustainability of the program. That’s why, on a yearly basis based on actuarial and computation, we request the subsidy [from the national government],” anang opisyal.

“But we agree to the point [that we should do more]. At present, we are increasing the PhilHealth benefit packages. But as to the decrease in a member’s contribution, again, this is provided by law. That is why we fully support the initiative of the Committee on Health in amending the UHC law, particularly on PhilHealth premium contribution,” dagdag ni Santos. RNT/SA