PhilHealth owes the Red Cross money yet again

Philippine Red Cross chairman Senator Richard Gordon disclosed that the embattled PhilHealth once again owed the PRC over 800 million pesos for COVID-19 testing services.

The PRC had already once suspended its free coronavirus testing in October due to the state health insurer’s outstanding 930-million-peso debt at the time.

Gordon said, “As much as possible, I don’t want to talk about that, but it reaches almost one billion pesos again. It’s 800 million pesos again. At present, PhilHealth just pay when they want to. That should not be the case. The debt will increase.”

Malacañang continues to ramp up its narrative about the country’s testing capacity, going so far as to claim that the Philippines is one of the leading nations in the world when it comes to screening for COVID-19.

According to figures from business data platform Statista, the Philippines still sits among the bottom five in coronavirus tests conducted among the most impacted countries worldwide.

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