Higher Philhealth contributions starting this month

by Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 08 2013 04:11 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2013 03:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Contributions to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) are increasing this month.

Self-employed workers will now have to pay a monthly contribution of P150 from P100. For those who are employed and earning P8,000 and below, they will now pay P87.50/month instead of P50/month.

For those who are earning between P8,001 to P34,999, the contribution rate is still 1.25% of their salary.

For those earning P35,000 and up, their monthly contribution will now be P437.50/month from P375/month. The increase will also be the same for employers as their employer contribution.

Greg Rulloda, PhilHealth vice president, says the increase is worth it since more benefits will be given to workers and more will become members.

For employers, the benefit is having a healthy workforce.

PhilHealth says the list of illnesses covered will now include heart ailment for children such as enlarged heart, cervical cancer, artificial leg and heart bypass.