Nagreklamo ang mga OFWs, nag-ingay ang mga activists, merong mga senador na nag-oppose. Pero wala rin, tuloy din ang increase ng Philhealth contributions, napostpone lang ang date of implementation.
Update as of January 2013:
Ito ang monthly Philhealth contributions effective January 2013 to December 2013:
Voluntary Members — 150 pesos
OFWs — 100 pesos
Self-Employed Professionals earnings more than 25k a month — 300 pesos
Employees — from 175 pesos to 875 pesos, based on income ; employee share is from 87.50 pesos to 437.50 pesos
Another update October 1, 2012:
Extended uli ang deadline to December 31, 2012… The planned increase from 100 pesos per month to 200 pesos per month ay sa January 1, 2013 na. Kinonsider daw ang sitwasyon ng mga nabahang lugar.
Puedeng magbayad in advance for several months up to December 2013 at the rate of 100 pesos per month, basta magbayad up to Dec 31, 2012. Pero siempre, huwag mo nang antayin ang last day or last week, kasi holidays na.
Update August 2012:
…Extended ang deadline to September 30, 2012… Starting October 1, 2o12, ang 100 pesos per month ay magiging 200 pesos per month na.
If you are a Voluntary Member or Individually Paying Member of Philhealth earning 25,000 pesos a month or less, pay in advance your Philhealth contribution for two years before July 2012 so you can save up to 2,400 pesos.
Starting July 2012, Philhealth will increase its monthly premium for voluntary members from 100 pesos a month to 200 pesos a month. That would be 2,400 pesos a year. This is for voluntary members with a monthly income of 25k pesos or less.
But it has given an option for voluntary members to pay in advance their Philhealth contributions for two years at the old rate — 100 pesos a month.
So kung meron ka nang 2,400 pesos, magbayad ka na in advance, para yong susunod na 24 months mo ay bayad na. Imbes na 4,800 pesos yong 2 years, magiging 2,400 pesos lang. Naka-save ka ng 2,400 pesos, a 50-percent discount.
Puede ring 1,200 pesos lang muna ang bayaran mo, pero pipirma ka ng Individual Policy Contract. Pay the first 1,200 pesos before July 2012, and then pay the balance of 1,200quarterly, semi-annually or annually.
Para sa mga OFWs, mas mahaba ang kanilang palugit, kasi, palagay ko, mas nag-ingay ang mga OFW groups. Their increase will start in January 2013. At mas malaki ang rate of increase nila, kasi dati, 900 pesos a year lang sila. But starting January 2013, they will also pay 2,400 a year. But OFWs can also pay in advance to save 2,400 pesos.
Source of this post on Philhealth contribution increase: Philhealth Circular No. 020, 2012, signed April 20,2012