MANILA, Philippines – Matinding pinalagan ni Senador Risa Hontiveros ang plano ng Department of Health (DOH) na ilipat ang pangangasiwa ng Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) sa pangangalaga ng Office of the President (OP).
Sa pahayag, sinabi ni Hontiveros na lubhang nakababahala ang pagbubuo ng DOH at PhilHealth ng isang technical working group upang pag-aralan ang panukalang ilipat ang usaping administratibo sa OP.
“I am alarmed by the agreement between DOH and PhilHealth to form a technical working group to study the proposed transfer of the administrative supervision of the country’s national health insurance program to the Office of the President,” aniya.
Sinabi ni Hontiveros na hindi maaaring abandonahin ng DOH-PhilHealth ang responsibilidad nito sa usapin ng national health insurance program na susi sa pagkamit ng UHC.
“Why would the DOH even consider relinquishing its responsibility and accountability as the principal national health authority in charge of PHILHEALTH? Why the sudden interest of the Office of the President in exercising authority over PhilHealth?,” giit ni Hontiveros.