MANILA, Philippines - Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are opposing the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.'s (PhilHealth) move to increase their membership premium contributions by 167%.
The PhilHealth Board recently issued a circular raising the health premiums of OFWs to P2,400 from the current P900, starting July 2012.
"The hike in OFWs health insurance premium will not only bleed us dry, it also sucks out our blood leading 'to death due to deprivation of free and affordable social services'. The government through various agencies is killing us so softly by imposing additional fees in pretense of better social services," said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional director, in a statement.
Migrante-Middle East is spearheading a signature campaign, on paper and online, against the PhilHealth measure. The "NO TO Philhealth premium Increase" online petition can be found at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-to-philhealth-premium-increase-scrap-circular/
PhilHealth earlier said the increase in premium contributions is in support of the attainment of universal health care and the Millenium Development Goals.