Here's what you need to know and how to avail the FREE PhilHealth membership if you are a PWD.
In February 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Universal Health Care Bill into law, ushering in massive reforms in the Philippine health sector. With UHC (Universal Health Care Act), all Filipinos are guaranteed equitable access to quality and affordable health care goods and services, and protected against financial risk.
Under the Universal Health Care Act, "all Filipinos are now members of PhilHealth. Families who are not yet registered/enlisted with PhilHealth will be assisted by their health care provider with the next steps."
Who are Covered by FREE PhilHealth Coverage?
Filipinos that are considered as Indirect Contributors including indigents identified by the DSWD, beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program such as "Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)", and those identified in special groups, such as senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWD), and Sangguniang Kabataan officers. Their monthly payment in PhilHealth are covered by the national government.
How to Avail FREE PhilHealth for PWDs?
Availing free PhilHealth coverage for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the Philippines is a vital step in ensuring their healthcare needs are met without financial strain. Here's a guide on how PWDs can avail of this benefit:
1. Be a Registered PWD
Ensure that you are a registered Person with Disability (PWD) with the local government unit (LGU) in your area. You need to have a valid PWD identification card issued by the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) or the mayor's office of your city or municipality.
2. Prepare Necessary Documents
PWD ID: Ensure your PWD ID is up-to-date.
PhilHealth Member Data Record (MDR): If you already have a PhilHealth MDR, make sure it’s updated. If not, you can request one at the nearest PhilHealth office.
3. Visit the Nearest PhilHealth Office
Head to the nearest PhilHealth office with your PWD ID, PhilHealth MDR, and a valid ID (such as a driver’s license, passport, or voter’s ID) for identification purposes.
4. Fill Out the Required Forms
PhilHealth staff will assist you in filling out the necessary forms. Provide accurate information to avoid any issues with your coverage.
5. Submit Your Documents
Submit the filled-out forms along with your PWD ID, PhilHealth MDR, and valid ID to the PhilHealth staff. They will process your application and provide you with a PhilHealth card.
6. Wait for Confirmation
After submission, wait for PhilHealth to process your application. Once approved, you will receive confirmation, and your PhilHealth coverage will be active.
7. Utilize Your Benefits
With your PhilHealth coverage activated, you can enjoy free or subsidized healthcare services in accredited hospitals and healthcare facilities. Make sure to present your PhilHealth card and PWD ID during hospitalization or medical consultations.
To know more, visit my List of PhilHealth Member's Benefits and Coverage
8. Keep Your Records Updated
It’s essential to keep your PhilHealth records updated. Inform PhilHealth about any changes in your personal information promptly.
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By following these steps and ensuring your documents are in order, PWDs can easily avail of free PhilHealth coverage, giving them access to quality healthcare services when needed, without any financial burden.