Duterte orders NBI: Arrest owners of WellMed over ‘ghost’ dialysis scam

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Manila, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to arrest owners of dialysis centers who were involved in the so-called “ghost dialysis” treatment scam.

The President issued the order on Saturday after reports that Quezon City-based WellMed Dialysis & Laboratory Center Corp. (WellMed) continues to ask the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. 
(PhilHealth) for dialysis payments even after the death of their patients.

“I’m ordering you, the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation)…the NBI should take over by tomorrow and start to summon everybody and the owners of that Wellness thing there, where these fraudulent claims were discovered, arrest them. That is my order. Arrest them,” Duterte said in an interview on Sonshine Media Network.

“Place there sa blotter ninyo, upon the orders (of the President). Arrest them and investigate them right away,” the President added

He also expressed disappointment with Philhealth’s statement that its department would be needing 45 to 60 days to resolve the 28 administrative complaints against WellMed.

“‘Yung administrative na sinasabi nila, ni (PhilHealth acting chief) Roy (Ferrer) kanina that they are initiating (an) investigation and they have 20 days. That’s s*** to me,” he said.

“I’ll tell the NBI: ‘Arrest the idiot’. And I will bring him to Malacañang and I’ll ask him: ‘Tell me the truth or I’ll throw you to the river’. But he will be extricated, we’ll not allow him to be drowned,” 
Duterte said

The President also cited that any government officials involved in the said claims will face punishment accordingly.

“At this time I do not have the evidence or proof so that I am not in a position to say that there are government men involved. Pero ‘yung mga ospital na nagchaharge na maski wala na ‘yung pasyente nagda-dialysis pa rin, ‘yun sila ang nagpafile ng fraudulent claim so sila ayung unahin ko,” he added.

Source: Inquirer

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