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Members' contribution to stay intact even if PhilHealth is dissolved –Roque

Members' contribution will be safe if PhilHealth is reorganized —Roque

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Saturday assured the public that members' contributions to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation will be protected in the event that the state health insurer would be reorganized.

In an interview on Dobob B sa News TV, Roque said, "Sa kali mang bubuwagin o i-privatize ang PhilHealth dahil sa corruption, hindi papayagan ng pamahalaan na mawala ang contributions, bagkus, mapaigi pa ito."

Roque made the remark when asked if it was still safe for members to continue their monthly contributions.

He clarified that in the event that PhilHealth will be reorganized, there would be a transitory provision in the law, noting that the health insurer was created by a law, thus it should also be ended through a law.

Moreover, he pointed out that newly appointed PhiHealth chief Dante Gierran is ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte to rid the agency of corruption until the end of the year.

Roque believes there are still good and honest people in PhilHealth, which is why the alleged irregularities have been exposed, and that the agency could still be saved. —LBG, GMA News