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Imee Marcos lambasts PhilHealth contribution hike: 'Kapal ng mukha'

 By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

Senator Imee Marcos (PHOTO: Manila Bulletin)

Senator Imee Marcos expressed her disbelief and questioned the audacity in the plans of PhilHealth to increase its premiums by 2021.

“Kapal ng mukha ng PhilHealth magtaas ng premium! Managot kaya sila muna sa bilyun-bilyong reserve funds na nawawala bago magdagdag-singil? At saan na naman mapupunta ang pera?” Marcos quoted by News5 saying.

According to Marcos, the PhilHealth is too “thick-skinned” to even ask its members to pay more for its contributions despite the agency facing allegations of corruption.

She added, “Ang PhilHealth, sa kabila ng katakot-takot na scam diyan, may gana pang magtaas ng premium. Hello?!”

On her official Facebook page, Marcos issued a formal statement  on the controversial PhilHealth contributions increase.

"I know that the increase in PhilHealth contributions is consonant to the implementation of the Universal Health Care Law (UHC)," she wrote.

"Very much like the earlier announcement of increase in SSS contributions beginning 2021, the timing of these increases coincides with a period of overwhelming economic difficulty due to the pandemic," Marcos added.

She went on to stress that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are in need of services of PhilHealth. She said it is “cruel” to increase contributions at this time and said it is nothing but an “unusual punishment” to the members.

On top of the financial consequences of the pandemic, the senator said it imposes an additional burden to contributors, emphasizing it is "cruel" and nothing but an “unusual punishment” to the members.

Marcos said the institution need to focus on regaining its name and reputation to its members after the scandals they were recently involved in.

"What is essential immediately is for PhilHealth to regain the confidence and trust of the public. PhilHealth's reputation has been eroded from recent scandals and it has to resolve the issues that continue to hound the institution. It should demonstrate that it can properly deliver its services to its members and that members are satisfied and are getting back what they are contributing," she concluded.

According to PhilHealth, under the Universal Health Care law, the minimal increases in the contribution rate are needed to ensure the long-term actuarial sustainability of the system.


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