Starting June 2022, under the order of Malacañang, PhilHealth members are obliged to pay higher premium contributions from the current 3% to 4% for members earning P10,000 t0 P80,000 a month.
It is after the Senate failed to pass a law halting the mandated increase.
Under the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law, the premium contributions rates should progressively increased annually by 0.5% starting from 2.75% in 2019 until it reaches the maximum 5% in 2024 and 2025.
The hike which supposedly took effect in January 2022 was suspended because of COVID-19 following the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte.
According to PhilHealth, the collection systems are already set for the new rate and ceiling starting with payments and remittances for the applicable month of June 2022.
PhilHealth members who already made their payments in advance in 2022 must only pay the 1% differential until December without interest.
Members who are non-Electronic Premium Remittance System (EPRS) users and those who have not yet registered with PhilHealth Member Portal (PMP) will be issued a billing statement and should make their payments at the nearest local PhilHealth office.
A total of P189 billion from direct and indirect contributors whose payments are subsidized by the government is expected to be collected after the premium increment.
To recap, an alleged corruption in 2020 was released in the public stating that a P15 billion funds were pocketed by the PhilHealth executives. PhilHealth, on the other hand, refuted the issue clarifying that there were no missing funds and all transactions have been recorded.