The Department of Health (DOH) said it will guide newly assigned acting Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) head Emmanuel Rufino Ledesma Jr. in terms of facilitating reforms in the agency.

Health officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire she will set a meeting with Ledesma and other PhilHealth officials on Monday “to better direct them.”

“Ang direction natin sa PhilHealth and one of the guidance that we will give to Mr. Ledesma would be to continue on and to facilitate that we have these reforms that will now be expedited,” she said via a press briefing.

The said reforms are the expansion of certain benefit packages such as the comprehensive outpatient packages, Vergeire shared. 

She added that the payment system in PhilHealth must also be discussed as the third-party assessment directive of the President.


Ronald Espartinez