Here are some tips when reactivating your Philhealth membership, based on what we recently experienced.
If you’re a former OFW who paid membership fees when Philhealth was still called Medicare, most probably your record is no longer with Philhealth. So when you want to be a member again, you will be applying as a new member.
You will use the new membership form, and you need to bring your birth certificate, your marriage certificate (so you can include your spouse as your dependent), and birth certificates (so your children will be enrolled as your dependents). Bring original and xerox copies.
If your spouse is a former Philhealth member, he/she can’t be enrolled as your dependent even if he/she has not paid his/her membership fees for more than 12 months. This was my case. I was rejected as a dependent even if I haven’t paid for more than 12 months.
What I should do, according to Philhealth, is to write a letter informing them I haven’t paid my premiums for many months and ask them to allow my husband to register me as his dependent. I hope Philhealth will address this issue in the coming months, so this type of letter is not needed.
Anyway, I wrote the letter, telling them I’m already inactive, and now I’m a dependent of my husband, who’s a former OFW and now an Individually Paying Member.
Here are the offices of Philhealth:
Citystate Centre, 709 Shaw Boulevard,
Trunkline: new number is 441-7444 (as of July 2011, no longer 637-9999)
Office Hours: 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Update as of August 12, 2010: Starting September 1, this branch will hold office at DAP Bldg., San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City, within the vicinity of SM Megamall. To be sure if the branch has moved before or on schedule, call the office before going there.
Las Piñas Service Office
471 Editha Building, Alabang-Zapote Road,
Las Piñas City
Telephones: 5565374, 5565687, 8015256
Manila Service Office
Marc I Bldg., 1971 Taft Avenue,
Administrative – 5216776
Claims – 5232819
Collection – 5233959/5213610
Membership – 5217724/5239842
Caloocan Service Office
Remcor Bldg., Rizal Ave. Extension
between 10th & 11th Ave., Caloocan City
Tel Nos: 3652012, 3652014
Quezon City Service Office
F.R. Estuar Bldg., 880 Quezon Avenue,
Office of the Branch Manager – 3323022
Collection Section – 3323024
Membership Section – 3323132
Rizal Service Office
The Brick Road Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall
Tel No: 6815111
Makati Service Office
ITC Building, 337 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue,
Tel Nos: 897-1598, 897-2759, 897-6329, 897-3337, 899-4506
For those in the Alabang area, the Philhealth office is near SM Southmall. If you’re coming from Alabang, it’s to your right, after passing Southmall.
The minimum membership payment is 300 pesos (payment for one quarter, 100 pesos per month). You can pay for 6 months or more.
Effective October 1, 2010, Philhealth premiums for professionals with a family income of more than 25,000 per month will increase to 600 pesos per quarter, or 2,400 per year, and then further increases to 900 pesos per quarter, or 3,600 pesos per year starting in the second year of the implementation of the premium increase. See Philhealth Premiums for Professionals.
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