PhilHealth contribution for 2021 increased

The PhilHealth contribution of members for 2021 would be higher, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) announced.

The state health insurer explained that the increase was due to the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) law.

“The Philippine Health  Insurance Corporation  is implementing the scheduled contribution rate and adjustment in income ceiling for 2021 to ensure sufficient funding for the health care benefits of its 110 million members as mandated by Republic Act No. 11223 or the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law,” the agency said in a statement on Tuesday night.

PhilHealth contribution for 2021 of members earning below P10,000 per month would be P350 a month. Those earning P10,000.01 to P69,999.99 would have to pay P350 to P2,449.99. Meanwhile, the monthly contribution of those earning P70,000 or higher is fixed at P2,450.

“Contributions of employed members (including Kasambahays) shall be equally shared between employees and employers, while those of self-paying members, professional practitioners and land-based migrant workers and other direct contributors with no employee­-employer relationship are computed straight based on their monthly earnings and paid wholly by the member,” said PhilHealth.

PhilHealth contribution for 2021 increased

PhilHealth said that the “law emphasized  the  importance of members’ social health  insurance contributions to provide the necessary funding for various  reforms under the UHC that  are now being availed of by Filipinos.”

“PhilHealth fully recognizes the current pandemic situation that is taking its toll on many and livelihood of many   Filipinos. However, it is bound to implement the UHC Law which has been the beacon and source of hope for the country that is aiming for better healthcare services even as it battles the Coronavirus Disease 2019,” it said.

President Rodrigo signed a Universal Health Care (UHC) Bill into law (Republic Act No. 11223) that automatically enrolls all Filipino citizens in the National Health Insurance Program and prescribes complementary reforms in the health system.

Aside from the increase in PhilHealth contribution, Social Security System () would implement a 13 percent increase in their members’ monthly contribution starting in January 2021.

It said the full implementation by 2025 of the restructured rates and other reforms set in Republic Act (RA) No. 11199 or the Social Security Act (SSA) of 2018 will offset the financial impact to the Fund of the P1,000 increase in the monthly pension of all member-pensioners that was implemented in 2017.