PhilHealth corruption issues in ‘Newsmakers’


    The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth is once again involved in allegations of corruption, this time involving P15-B worth of funds amid the pandemic. Some fear that the state-run agency could go bankrupt by 2022.

    This August 31, economist and Newsmakers host Solita “Winnie” Monsod talks to one of the whistle-blowers, former Anti-Fraud Legal Officer Atty. Thorsson Montes Keith. Keith reveals how the cash advance payment scheme called the ‘Interim Reimbursement Mechanism’ (IRM) was used to unevenly advance payment to 771 hospitals since April.

    Professor Monsod also discusses how PhilHealth has addressed the corruption allegations with its Corporate Communication Department’s Senior Manager Rey Baleña. Also joining Monsod is former Commission on Audit Commissioner and Officer-in-Charge Heidi Mendoza.

    Meanwhile, in this week’s Tita Reacts segment, Tita Winnie will go against three GMA News and Public Affairs personalities – Ivan Mayrina, Mariz Umali, and Pia Arcangel – for the “Real or Unreal?” food challenge.

    “Newsmakers” airs every Monday, 8:30 p.m. on GMA News TV.