Philhealth Maternity Benefits

Updated December 2014:

Philhealth started implementing its Case Rates Payment system for maternity cases and other medical/surgical cases in September 1, 2011.

For Normal Spontaneous Delivery (NSD) in Level 1 hospitals and in lying-in facilities, maternity clinics, RHUs and birthing facilities, the total Philhealth benefit consists of 8,000 pesos (6,500 for the facility and health professional and 1,500 for prenatal care).

For NSD in Levels 2 to 4 hospitals, the total Philhealth payment consists of 6,500 pesos (5,000 for the facility and health professional and 1,500 for prenatal care).  Prenatal care ORs must be submitted to the hospital.

For Delivery by Caesarian Section (CS) in accredited Levels 2 to 4 hospitals and performed by accredited health professionals, Philhealth’s coverage is 19,000 pesos. 11,400 pesos is for hospital costs and 7,600 pesos is for the doctors. CS is not covered in level 1 hospitals or maternity clinics. There’s no prenatal care benefit for CS cases.

The Newborn Care Package (NCP) is worth 1,750 pesos. NCP includes physical examination, eye prophylaxis, Vitamin K administration, BCG vaccination, first dose of Hepatitis B immunization, newborn screening tests, and breastfeeding advice.


Based on recent Philhealth circulars and advisories, here are some bits of info about Philhealth maternity benefits:

Q: How much is the total maternity benefit for normal deliveries?
The total benefit is 6,500 pesos at Level 1 hospitals and in lying-in and maternity clinics.
It is 5,000 pesos at Levels 2 to 4 hospitals.

There’s an additional benefit of 1,500 pesos if you submit ORs of prenatal care services. Philhealth will refund this prenatal benefit. It will not be reflected or deducted from the hospital bill.

Many lying-in and maternity clinics require that prenatal care services are performed by them.

Q: Can I receive this maternity benefit for all my normal deliveries?
There was a plan to cover all normal deliveries. But as of now, only the first 4 births are covered under the normal delivery package.  Ask the hospital or clinic where you are giving birth.

Q: Can I automatically receive the total benefit of 6,500 pesos or 8,000 pesos for my normal delivery?

You do not always get the total benefit. The benefit of 8,000 pesos pays for the following:
– hospital costs
– for the attending doctor
– 1,500 pesos for prenatal care

For lying-in clinics or midwife-managed facilities:
6,500 pesos for midwife and facility services
1,500 pesos for prenatal care

For level 2 to 4 hospitals:
3,000 pesos for hospital costs
2,000 pesos for the doctor
1,500 pesos for prenatal care

So if you didn’t submit prenatal care receipts, you get only 5,000 pesos or 6,500 pesos. Your prenatal care refund amount also depends on the amount of ORs you submit.

Q: If I’m 1 month to 8 months pregnant now, can I apply for Philhealth membership so I can avail of the maternity benefits when I give birth?

Yes and No.
Yes, if you’re still within the deadline to be able to pay for 3 months within 6 months prior to delivery.

No, if it’s already too late to pay for 3 months prior to delivery.
But if you can accept possible denial, you can go to the nearest Philhealth and ask if you can avail if you pay for 1 year in advance. The rule about this has not yet been made very clear.

Yes, if you’re an OFW or an OFW dependent. You can avail of the benefit as long as your delivery date is within the validity dates written on your premium receipt.

The same condition for Sponsored Members. They also have validity dates, as reflected in their Sponsored ID cards.

For Employed Members, payment for 3 months of the 6 months prior to delivery are required.

Q. If the hospital or clinic is Philhealth-accredited, can I be sure that I get the maternity benefit?

No. You have to make sure that your doctor is also Philhealth-accredited.

Q: How do I get my pre-natal care benefit?
Keep your official receipts for paid prenatal consultation and care, and then submit them to your accredited hospital/clinic/lying-in/maternity facility, so the receipts will be included in the Philhealth claim. You will get your refund from Philhealth. The refund check will be in your name and will be sent to your address.  Many lying-in or maternity clinics require that your prenatal care services are done by them.

Q: When should I file my claims?

BEFORE discharge from the hospital or clinic.  Upon admission or during admission, ask the hospital about their Philhealth policies, so you have time to remedy if there are problems.

Direct filing by patients with Philhealth is no longer allowed, so submit your documents to your accredited health facility before discharge so that your maternity and newborn test cost benefits will be deducted from your hospital/clinic bill.

Now, only certain direct filing cases are allowed, such as filing for refund by overseas Filipinos giving birth abroad, by employees who are admitted and discharged during weekdays or holidays, and by patients who are asked by their government hospitals to buy medicines and supplies from pharmacies outside the hospitals.

Q. What are the documents needed to enjoy maternity benefits?

1. Updated Philhealth Member Data Record (MDR). Get this from any Philhealth branch. If you’re a dependent, your name should be written in the MDR form as a dependent.
2. Philhealth premium payment receipts.

If you’re Individual Payor, OFW or dependent, bring original and xerox copies.

If you’re employed, ask for a Certificate of Philhealth premium payments from your employer.

3. Philhealth Claim Form 1. You can ask for this form from your employer, the hospital or from any Philhealth branch. Ask for two copies, the other is for your baby’s newborn care package.

4. If you’re a dependent of your husband, bring your marriage certificate, in case the hospital asks.

6. If you have pre-natal care receipts, bring them to the hospital/clinic and attach them to the claim forms. Pre-natal care benefit is 1,500 pesos, if your ORs sum up to 1,500 pesos or more.

3. Philhealth ID or any valid photo ID, in case the hospital asks for identification.

Q. Are there other reasons why I can’t avail of Philhealth’s maternity benefits?

You CAN NOT avail of complicated maternity care in non-hospital facilities such as lying-in and maternity clinics. Avail of complicated maternity services in hospitals.

Here are exclusions (both hospital and non-hospital facilities):

– fifth normal delivery and subsequent deliveries
– normal delivery after 1 breech delivery and 3 normal deliveries
– normal delivery after 1 cesarean delivery and 3 normal deliveries
– normal delivery after 1 preterm delivery and 3 normal deliveries
– normal delivery after 1 stillbirth and 3 normal deliveries
– normal delivery after 1 normal delivery, 1 abortion and 3 normal deliveries
– normal delivery after 3 abortions and 4 normal deliveries

Exclusions in non-hospital facilities: (You should go to a hospital)
– you’re younger than 19
– you’re already 35 years old or older and this is your first time to give birth
– multiple pregnancy
– uterine or ovarian abnormalities, such as ovarian cysts and myoma uteri
– placental abnormality, such as placenta previa
– abnormal fetal presentation, such as breech
– history of 3 or more miscarriages or abortion
– history of 1 stillbirth
– history of cesarean section (CS), or uterine myomectomy, or other major gynecologic or obstetric operation

– history of hypertension, eclampsia, pre-eclampsia, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, epilepsy, bleeding disorders, renal diseases, thyroid disorder and morbid obesity

– risky conditions that may arise during pregnancy such as vaginal bleeding and premature contractions

CS will NOT be covered by Philhealth if it’s performed at a Level 1 hospital or maternity clinic.

Above exclusions are sourced from: Philhealth Circular signed by Philhealth President Rey Aquino on November 10, 2008.

Q: If my child is delivered via Cesarean Section (CS), will Philhealth cover my expenses?

Yes, as long as it is Indicated CS. Under the Philhealth Case Rate program, the coverage for CS is 19,000 pesos. This 19k is allocated as 11,400 pesos for hospital costs and 7,600 pesos for professional fees.

CS is covered only at Level 2 to 4 hospitals.

Q: What is the Newborn Care Benefit?

This is a Philhealth benefit worth 1,750 pesos for your newborn baby:
– 500 pesos for umbilical cord care, eye prophylaxis, thermal care, Vitamin K, BCG vaccine administration, and newborn resuscitation, 1st dose of hepatitis immunization

– 550 pesos for the newborn screening test
– 200 pesos for the newborn hearing screening test
– 500 pesos for the pediatrician

– Available for all normal deliveries, even for fifth and succeeding deliveries, and for CS deliveries.

Ask your doctor about it beforehand because the newborn tests must be performed within a certain number of hours after the baby’s birth in order for the tests to be paid by Philhealth. The pediatrician must be Philhealth-accredited.

Q: What’s the best way to get the maximum Philhealth maternity benefits?

Find an obstetrics-gynecologist who is Philhealth-accredited, who works in a Philhealth-accredited hospital, and who is willing to help you get the maximum benefit starting from prenatal care up to newborn care.

Or find a midwife’s clinic or a lying-in clinic which is Philhealth accredited and willing to help you get the maximum benefit starting from prenatal care, antenal care, maternity care and newborn care. Make sure that your midwife is also Philhealth-accredited.

Related articles:

Philhealth Requires Nine Months of Prior Payments

Philhealth Branches — Membership Reactivation


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  1. Hi Julie, sorry wala na, 19k lang ang total coverage for CS, kasama na dito ang 7,600 na PF coverage at 11,400 for hospital costs, total of 19,000.

  2. Hi! mrs Nora may makukuha parin ba akong benefit’s sa philhealth kong sakaling ma C.S? first baby po to. kailangan parin bang bayaran yung mga quarter na Hindi KO nahulogan? salamat……

  3. Hi Maris, when are you giving birth? If you’ll give birth in September, Oct or Nov, you should pay for July Aug Sep ASAP this August. Ang payment deadline ng quarterly payment ay yong last day ng quarter. so hindi na tatanggapin ang mga payments for past quarters. Bayaran mo na rin ang Oct to Dec so that you and your baby’s coverage is continuous.

  4. Hi Ms. Nora im 7 months pregnant,may last payment for philhealth is last Nov 2015,can i still avail maternity benefits? my due is Nov 2016. Ano month po dapat ko bayadan? thanks

  5. Hello po, ask ko lng regarding refund after giving birth i paid all hospital bill kc ung papers nmin for philhealth na delay after a wek i file for refund sa philheath i was confuse ang liit nang refund 3k lng ung sa akin.. Nagtaka ako nung nagbayad ako ang doctors fee is 15k din nung nag file na nang refund naging 17k don napunta ung 2k supposed mkuha ko kc ung bpn ko is 5k… Hndi ko ba mkuha un nang buo ang 5k

  6. Hi Rachel, sad to say na ganon ang nangyayari sa maraming hospitals na yong PF coverage ay ginagawang additional PF ng doctor, hindi lang sa child birth kundi sa other ailments din. Sad to say, pag normal delivery, yong 3k na lang talaga ang ma-refund mo. Pag magreklamo ang patient, ang sasabihin nila, 17k ang PF ng doctor, 15k from you plus 2k from Philhealth. Kasi sa atin naman, walang limit ang PF ng doctor — kung anong amount ang gusto nila, puede, sad to say.

  7. Hi Cristine, yes, go to Philhealth with your ID and update your data. Pay for July to Sep. This is good for November availment. But it’s also good if in October, you pay for Oct to Dec, so your coverage is continuous.

  8. Ask ko lang, Nanganak nako nitong August 17, then yung hospital na pinaganakan ko walang NEWBORN SCREENING TEST. pwede ko pa bang ma avail yung Newborn Care Package sa other hospital para sa test? Then, ang bill ko sa hospital 1500, then hiningi nila yung receipts ko ng mga pinabili na gamot, dextrose, gamit na gagamitin sa delivery room worth 2k yun na ba yung pre-natal care? or iba pa yun? may mga ultrasounds, laboratory test receipts kasi ako.. worth 3k diba yun yung covered ng prenatal care..? pwede ko pa ba maireimburse yun kahit na discharge nako? Thanks

  9. Hello po.ask ko lang po seaman po ang husband ko pregnant po ako 6months now ma aavail ko po ba ang philhealth ng Mister ko naman po ang due nais ko dob po malaman kung anu po ang need ko submit sa philhealth kc NASA manila pa po ang opisina ng company ng husband ko.thanks and more power!

  10. Hi herlynjoy, contact your husband’s Manila office and ask kung puede nilang ipadala ang accomplished Philhealth claim form 1 at cert of applicable Philhealth premium payments sa November, maybe 3 to 5 days before your delivery date. If puede, i-remind mo na lang uli sila pag malapit na. Yong MDR ng husband mo, kunin mo na lang sa Philhealth in your province. Bring your ID and your husband’s ID plus a copy of an emailed authorization letter from your husband.

  11. hi ms nora marerefund q pa po ba ung 5k na siningil sakin ng lying in qng san aq nanganak,aq po ay philhealth member so alam q po na libre dapat ung panganganak q,gagamitin parin po nila ung philhealth q plus ung binayad q pa po,

  12. pano no po magkaroon ng prenatal care and new born care ??? magbabayad po ba ako sa phil health s para magkaroon nito??

  13. Hi joan, kasama na ang mga yan sa coverage ng delivery mo. If you’re paying 200 per month, kasama na. Pag prenatal, mag-submit ka lang ng prenatal ORs worth at least 1,500 (your benefit will be mailed to you by Philhealth). For newborn care, mag-file ka ng 2nd claim form (for your baby as dependent).

  14. hi po..manganganak po ako this coming december..then bago palang po ako naging member sa philheath mula juli to september po yung binayaran ko..magagamit ko po ba sa panganganak ko ngayong december? at saka po pwde po bah mag bayad nang philheath sa western,cebuana,lbc at any pawnshop po? thank you

  15. Hi bemalu, yes, you can use your July-Sep payment in Dec. Pero it’s good to that you pay Oct-Dec para continuous ang coverage mo at ng iyong baby. Puedeng magbayad sa Western Union na merong Bayad Center at sa MLhuillier. Wala na sa list ang LBC at Cebuana at walang other pawnshop. Kapag wala ka pang MDR, dapat sa Philhealth ka magbayad para makuha mo ang MDR mo.

  16. Hi luzvi, depende sa total bill mo sa lying-in. Siguro 11,500 ang total bill mo, so siningil ka pa ng 5k kasi 6,500 lang ang makukuha nila sa Philhealth. Wait mo na lang yong benefit payment notice mo from Philhealth. Tanungin mo yong total bill mo sa lying-in.

  17. Hi po..manganganak po ako sa October.Nagresign po ako sa work ko last March 2016.Magagamit ko pa din ba ung Philhealth ko?accredited nman ng Philhealth ung hospital kung san ako manganganak.Thank u.

  18. Hi Karen, have you paid for July to Sep? If not yet, pay July to Sep ASAP this month at Philhealth so you can update your data (Employed to Individual Payor-Informal Sector) and get an updated MDR. Bring your ID.

  19. Hi po magkano po ung makukuha kong refund sa philhealth?? Cs delivery po aq..3,600 po ung hospital bill ko..tsaka kelan ko po siya pwede makuha May pa po namen siya naifile..thanks po

  20. Hi Jhe, ibig sabihin ba ay hindi kayo naka-file sa hospital? at sa Philhealth kayo mismo nag-file? Kung 3,600 lang yong amount sa resibo na na-submit nio, 3,600 din lang ang ibibigay ng Philhealth. Kasi yon yong amount na nagasto nio. Ang tseke ay pinapadala through mail sa home address.
    Kung sa hospital kayo nag-file ng Philhealth, tingnan nio yong statement of account nio kung merong total bill tapos naka-deduct na yong 11,400 at ang balance ay 3,600, kaya 3,600 ang binayaran nio. Kung ganito nga, ibig sabihin nagamit nio na yong benefit, at wala na kayong mare-refund. Tanong ka na lang uli, kung iba yong pagkaintindi ko sa sinabi mo.

  21. Hi karen, yes, you can use it in October, even if you’re not able to pay for October. Ask your hospital, to be very sure.

  22. Hi Mrs Nora, OFW po ako dito sa Dubai at naconfine po ako dito due to miscarriage. Nagbayad po ako sa government hospital ng Dirhams 1,433.00/-. i file my reimbursement claim po sa Philhealth and i was only paid PHP 5,000.00/-. i did not undergo a D&C procedure here at binigyan lang po ako ng gamot but was confined for 3 nights & 4 days. can you please let me know if i can contest the amount of my reimbursement. thank you.

  23. Hi agnes, sad to say, 5k lang talaga ang coverage ng miscarriage. Matagal ng fixed ang mga coverages. Kahit normal delivery sa hospital, 5k lang. Pag D&C, 11k. Sana kung meron kang SSS at nakapag-contribute ka ng at least 3 months within April 2015 to March 2016, puede kang mag-file ng maternity benefit sa SSS.

  24. Hello po, ask ko lang if magagamit ko philhealth ko, manganganak ako last week of nov. nag work ako kaso 3 months lang. May contri ako from may to july. Resigned na ako as of now. Nagamit ko un philhealth ko before sa 1st son ko, then got 2 consecutive miscarriages but used my husband’s philhealth wla kc ako work nun, then nanganak ulet ako last 2014 used again my husband’s philhealth. Now my question is, can i still use my philhealth mat benefit or my husband’s philhealth sa panganganak ko this november? Thanks po..

  25. manganganak po ako ng nov. 4th week .. pwede pa ba ko maghulog ng 6months contribution para ma avail ang benefits ng philhealth ?? thank you .

  26. Hi margerie, go to Philhealth with your ID asap this September (deadline Sep 30), register and pay for July-Aug-Sep quarter, so you can use it in November.

  27. Hi ms. Nora ask ko lang nanganak ako nung nakaraang taon sa 1st baby ko on sept. 20,2015 member po ako. Pinanganak ko sya sa lying in.Nagpunta po ako sa philhealth then nag ask ako if may makuha ba akong maternity reimbursement after. Nagbayad kasi ako nuon ng 7k. That’s my total bills kasi may philhealth ako. If I’m not mistaken po if wala pong philhealth aabot daw po sya ng 10k.ang sabi naman daw ng tinanungan ko na staff ng philhealth dapat daw wala na akong bayaran nun kasi coverage daw nila is 8k.Nagulat po ako if ganun nga.pero If total 10k ung bills sknila w/o philhealth den gamitin ko philhealth ko dapat 2k nalang bayaran q diba po? Ask din ng staff if may na receive daw po ba akong letter from philhealth. Eh wla naman po ako narereciv any documents from philhealth. Then binigyan ako ng papers na i think benefit payment. Tapos punta daw ako sa lying in na pinaganak ko. Nagtext naman po ako sa midwife ng lying in about this sabi nya po punta daw po ako dun at ipaliwanag nya pero nag mention po sya na wala na daw po akong marerefund. Sa tingin nyo po ba wla na po ba un marefund?thanks.

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