Hours after the Malacanang announced the suspension of the controversial three percent mandatory premium hike for OFWs on health insurance, PhilHealth issued a statement.
“The purpose of the Universal Health Care Act, as in other societies with the same program, is to provide affordable and adequate healthcare to all Filipinos. Such program requires funding collected through premium contributions,” the statement read.
PhilHealth’s collection from OFWs worldwide amounts to Php1.07 billion.
The statement also noted that OFWs benefitted from the Universal Health Care Law, citing a totla of Php1.7 billion in claims–where majority of the amount was for the OFWs’ dependents in the Philippines.
“OFWs claimed Php1.7 billion in benefits with 69% (Php1,173,000,000) of claims attributed to their dependents in the country while 31% (Php527,000,000) was claimed by OFWs,” the statement further added.
It also stressed that while they’re open to help OFWs cushion the impact of the need to pay the insurance, they cannot change the law and that they are just enacting its provisions,” the statement read.