DOH chief says probe on cataract ‘fraud’ underway

BACOLOD City – Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Paulyn Rosell Ubial said the agency is investigating the alleged involvement of a cataract foundation in an insurance fraud which victimized unsuspecting patients.

In a letter addressed to John Chiong of Task Force Kasanag, Ubial said “We are investigating this. Final decision will be out soon, baka suspension of their accreditation and fine”.

A complaint from TF Kasanag stated that three doctors, whose identities are being withheld pending the resolution of the case, have been actively participating in unethical solicitation of patients.

The letter further said that the three doctors have been allegedly paying government social workers, especially Barangay Health Workers and DSWD employees, sums of money in exchange for ferrying Philhealth patients for cataract surgery.

It further said that “they pay social workers from P500 to P1,000 per patient”.

“An average of over 100 patients per month are being used in the system,” the complaint added.

It further said that their workers call themselves members of “Cataract Foundation.”

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