PhilHealth launches new ID Cards, 1M in 1M Campaign

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.
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 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.


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  1. Pearl_of_the_orientsSep 16, 2011, 8:18:00 PM

    thanks for including this in your blog


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