This 2020, all overseas Filipino workers across the globe are now required to pay three percent of their salaries to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
Expats’ three percent premium rate will be computed based on monthly salary, with the range at Php 10,000 (AED 730) to Php 60,000 (AED 4,385).
If a person’s salary is higher than AED 4,385, he is still entitled to Php 1,800 (AED 132) on a monthly basis, or the three percent of the income ceiling.
“While the premium is computed based on the monthly income, payment shall me made every three-month, six-month or full 12-month period,” PhilHealth statement read.
The health authority added that 2020 serves as the transition year, so initial payment of Php 2,400 (AED 175) can be made to meet the new policy requirements.
The remaining balance, on the other hand, shall be settled within the year.
“A member who fails to pay the premium after the due date set by the corporation shall be required to pay all missed contributions with monthly compounded interest,” the statement added.
Many OFWs aired their sentiments on the new rule, saying that it’s not fair as most of them have already health insurance provided by their own company.
“Dagdag pasakit lang yan sa mga OFWs. Yung ganyang halaga or kahit three percent lang yan malaking tulong na yan pandagdag padala sa mga pamilya natin sa Pinas,” a restaurant employee told TGFM.