December 10, 2022

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation has deferred its order suspending the accreditation of the Benguet General Hospital for three months based on a recent decision on a complaint filed in 2011.
Following the appeal of Benguet officials to President Rodrigo Duterte and PhilHealth for the lifting of the suspension, Benguet legislative caretaker, Rep. Eric Yap, said the PhilHealth board of directors has considered the appeal.
In a letter, Gov. Melchor Diclas, Yap, and League of Municipalities-Benguet president, Mayor Victorio Palangdan of Itogon, have explained the repercussions BeGH would go through if it closes for three months especially in this pandemic.  
On Dec. 10, 2020, BeGH received an order from PhilHealth granting the issuance of writ of execution of the decision in a complaint dated Oct. 18, 2011. The Courier is still getting the details of the complaint as of press time.
The decision included a fine of P10,000 and the suspension of accreditation for three months starting March 15 until June 12.
The officials said BeGH serves as the referral hospital in the province thus the implementation of the Universal Health Care Law on the referral system would be affected hampering the delivery of basic health care services in the province.
They added the hospital also caters to PhilHealth members from nearby provinces of the Cordillera, Regions 1 and 2 where some will be forced to go to private hospitals apart from the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, which is the referral hospital of BeGH.
BeGH is also operating as a local economic enterprise and it relies on its partnership with PhilHealth to sustain its operations.
“The main source of the salaries of its employees and maintenance and operating expenses comes from the PHIC reimbursements. Bulk of its cost recovery is sourced out from PHIC collection,” the letters read.
The officials said the three-month suspension would cause a loss of collection estimated at P42 million, which was programmed to pay off employees’ benefits and operational cost. – Ofelia C. Empian