Manila: Malacanang gave its assurances that PhilHealth will expedite the reimbursement of expenses of beneficiaries.

The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. (PHAPi) earlier said is not likely to honor the Philippine Health Insurance membership of patients to protest the delayed release of reimbursements.

PHAPi President Rustico Jimenez said PhilHealth is again taking at least six months to pay private hospitals for their services to PhilHealth members and this will soon affect hospital operations.

He said the reason given to PHAPi for the delayed reimbursements is the ongoing computerization of PhilHealth. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Philhealth is still adjusting to the new system.