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Monday, February 18, 2013

PhilHealth Bares Higher Premiums for Members

Premium payments of Philippine Health Care Corp. members increased to P150 and P175 for self-employed and those employed by companies and receiving the basic minimum wage, Vicel Bracamonte, its chief social insurance officer, said yesterday.

The increase in premium payments also applies to individually paying members, lifetime members, overseas Filipino workers, and the beneficiaries of government sponsored programs, Bracamonte said at a press conference in Bacolod City.

The yearly contributions of OFWs will increase from P900 to P1,200, P1,200 to P1,800 for self employed and individually paying members, and P4,000 to P7,000 to employed workers earning minimum wage, he said.

Bracamonte also clarified that the contributions of employed workers will vary based on the size of the company they work for and the income it generates.

He said the new premium rates have been implemented since January.

PhilHealth also introduced five conditions identified as catastrophic cases or illnessesknown as Z benefit that push patients to prolonged hospitalization and medical treatments, LaarmiAlvior, PhilHealth claims specialist, said yesterday.

Alvior said the cases are coronary artery bypass graft surgery with package rate of P550,000 for members and dependents aged 19 to 70 years old, surgery for tetralogy of fallot with P320,000 package for dependents aged 1 to 10 years old, and surgery for ventricular septal defect with P250,000 package rate for dependents aged 1 to 5 years old.

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