With the theme “ONE dream. One card for every Filipino's health” the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) launched a new identification card that will soon enable members to avail themselves of health and wellness benefits at participating merchants nationwide.
A. How does the card look like?
The new PhilHealth card measures 76mm, is made up of PVC material and has a magnetic stripe. It comes in full color, both front and back, and displays the member’s name, PhilHealth identification number and date of birth in front. It also has the national coat-of-arms and the full corporate name of PhilHealth on the upper left-hand corner to signify that this card is issued by a government agency.
The same design is used for the principal member’s dependents’ ID card, only that the dependents’ ID card comes in a lighter material synonymous to an MRT card.
B. Where can this card be availed of?
The card is available only in SM and Bayad Center branches nationwide.
C. How much does a prospective member need to pay during registration?
A new registrant availing himself of the new ID card at SM outlets will have to pay P360.00. The amount is broken down as follows:
P300.00 - for one quarter premium
P50.00 - for registration and card
P 10.00 - collecting fee
On the other hand, a new registrant availing himself of the new ID card at Bayad Center outlets will have to pay P358.00, broken down as follows:
P300.00 - for one-quarter premium
P50.00 - for registration and card
P8.00 - collecting fee
** Discounts can only be availed if a PhilHealth member is active or pays premium contribution.
D. What must a new registrant bring with him to the registration sites?
A new member must bring any valid identification card, copies of supporting documents for qualified dependents he wants to declare, such as original and photocopy of birth certificate and payment for the premium contribution and the card. All original document will be given back to the registrant upon validation and only photocopies will be left behind.
E. What will the new registrant bring with him when he leaves the registration site?
He will be given a claim stub where the date of claiming the card is indicated. He will also be given a member’s kit containing various reading materials on PhilHealth
F. How soon can a new registrant get his card?
The ID card will be available at least two (2) weeks from the date of membership registration.
USING THE NEW PHILHEALTH CARD
G. Does the new registrant have to ‘activate’ the card before he can start availing of the discounts?
No. His eligibility to avail of the discounts will be confirmed by the merchant upon online verification of cardholder’s qualifying premium contributions at point-of-sale.
H. How often can the cardholder use it to avail of discounts?
The cardholder can use the card to avail himself of discounts from participating merchants as long as he is an actively paying member of PhilHealth.
I. In what establishments can the card be used? What discounts are available?
The card can be used in the following commercial establishments:
Watsons Personal Care Stores Phils. Inc. : 15% discount for unbranded generic medicine products, both OTCs and prescription medicines; 10% discount on Watsons branded cosmetics; 10% discount on compliance packs; 5% discount on medical devices (no minimum purchase requirement)
50-60% discount on Qualifirst products (*no minimum purchase required)
P 380.00 flu vaccine (*includes administration)
Fresenius/FMC Renal Care Corp.: Reduced price of P 4,000.00 from P 6,700.00 for hemodialysis (in 18 outlets in Luzon and Visayas)
PQ Health Shield : 20% discount on vaccines
Rose Pharmacy Inc.: 15% discount for unbranded generic medicines, both OTCs and prescription medicines; 5% discount for medical supplies and devices; 50-60% discount on Qualifirst branded generic drugs/medicines
South Star Drugstore: 15% discount for unbranded generic medicine products; 5% discount for medical supplies and devices; 50-60% discount on Qualifirst branded generic drugs/medicines
Vivian Sarabia Optical Corp. : Free eye exam and 20% discount for lenses and frames (*available at SM City North EDSA, Cubao, Megamall and Mall of Asia)
J & W Drug Testing Inc. : 10% discount on drug testing services (*at J & W sites)
J. Who are PhilHealth’s other partners in this undertaking?
Other corporate partners from the private sector are as follows:
Qualifirst Health Inc.: 50 to 60% discount on quality branded generic drugs/medicines through Watson’s Personal Care, Rose Pharmacy and South Star Drugstores at no minimum purchase amount
GlaxoSmith Kline (GSK) : P 380.00 flu vaccine (*includes administration)
Globe: Text blast and use of LEDs in NCR and G-Cash premium payment
Smart Communications: Text blast and inclusion in SHINE Project
United Laboratories, Inc.: Cost of senior citizen’s card
SM: 307 registration sites nationwide
Bayad Center: 1,067 registration sites nationwide
Prime IT Source: onsite / mobile registration services
e-Soluzione: E-Premium Card, mobile phone registration services, Dependents’ ID card and PhilHealth Sabado (weekly Remittance-by-Air)
1abx: Point-of-sale machines for all merchants and phased- in implementation for providers
All Cards Plastic Philippines: ID cards for principal members
THE 1M IN 1M CAMPAIGN
The launching also highlighted the “1 in 1M campaign” which aims to generate one million new members (particularly from the informal sector) in one month from date of launch. The 1M count includes dependents of new members. It is primarily a nationwide registration activity which will be implemented under the Public-Private Partnership concept. The implementation would be phased in with the following schedule:
Sept. 5 – Launch
Sept. 12 onwards-NCR
Sept. 19 onwards – Luzon
Sept. 26 onwards – Visayas
Oct. 3 onwards - Mindanao
Thus, registration site services would be national within one (1) month. The objective is to encourage enrolment among non-members and the strategy is to partner with the private sector in making registration easier and more convenient. The approach is to couple registration mechanism with incentives to attract more registrants.