The 100 percent increase in Philhealth premiums effective October 1 for Voluntary or Individually Paying Members who are Professionals has been opposed by many groups and a number of government officials, but it appears that Philhealth is going to implement the increase, as it continues to explain why the increase is needed.
The increase is from 300 pesos per quarter to 600 pesos per quarter, or 1,200 per year to 2,400 pesos per year. The premium will further increase to 900 pesos per quarter, or 3,600 pesos per year after the first year of implementation.
Despite having assets worth 115 billion pesos and just 6.2 billion in liabilities as of July 2010, Philhealth decided to implement an increase. Philhealth officials explained that the increase will affect only professionals whose family income is more than 25,000 pesos a month. To be exempted from the increase, a professional must submit a copy of his/her latest Income Tax Return (ITR).
Professionals earning over 25,000 pesos per month and who are already members will start paying the increased premiums in their next year of membership.
The following professionals earning over 25,000 pesos a month are affected by the increase, according to Philhealth Circular No. 24, s. 2010,released on September 27, 2010, signed by Philhealth President and CEO Rey Aquino.
- Customs Broker
- Landscape architect
- Law Practitioner
- Marine Deck Of fleet
- Marine Engineer Officer
- Master Plumber
- Medical Technologist
- Medical Doctor
- Naval Architect
- Physical and Occupational Therapist
- Professional Teacher
- Radiologist and X-Ray Technician
- Social Worker
- Sugar Technologist
- Businessman/Business Owner
- Environmental Planner
- Fisheries Technologist
- Guidance Counselor
- Interior Designer
- Industrial Engineer
Actor and Actress
- Professional Athlete, Coach, Trainor, Referee, and Related Profession
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