PhilHealth: Services continue despite rate hike suspension

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    THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) yesterday reminded all healthcare facilities of the continued implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) law despite the suspension of a hike in premium contributions.

    The rate adjustment to 3.5 percent from 3 percent, which is provided under the UHC law, was supposed to take effect last month but President Duterte ordered the deferment of the increase because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

    In an advisory, PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Dante Gierran said Republic Act 11223 continues to be in effect and requires all accredited hospitals to provide healthcare benefits to all Filipinos.

    “All Filipinos, even without sufficient contributions, shall be granted ‘immediate eligibility’ or automatic entitlement to all PhilHealth benefit packages under the National Health Insurance Program,” said Gierran.

    “Failure to pay premiums shall not prevent the enjoyment of any program benefits,” he added.

    Gierran urged non-members of the state-run health insurer to get themselves registered through the nearest local health insurance office or PhilHealth Express, and all contributing members to “regularly update their personal records and pay their premium contributions.”