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PhilHealth temporarily suspends all collections as OFWs draw in anger

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) announced on Monday (May 4), that it had temporary stopped all the collections as millions of overseas Filipino Workers are opposing against its increased premium rate.

In the circular that took effect last April 22, it is stated that OFWs earning P10,000 to P60,000 are required to pay 3 percent of their salary starting 2020, way higher from the 2.75 percent the previous year. The memo also said that the monthly premium will increase by 0.5 percent until it reaches 5 percent in 2024.

According to PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales, the corporation imposed a temporary suspension on all collections in consideration to those who are affected of COVID-19 pandemic.

"May moratorium tayo sa collection. Obviously, paano kokolektahin iyon kung walang suweldo ang tao. Wala munang koleksyon saka wala munang kuwentahan ngayon. Sagutin muna natin 'tong emergency na ito," Morales said in a radio interview.

Morales added that last year, PhilHealth have collected P1 billion in premiums from migrant workers, lower than the P1.7 billion in benefit claims it paid out to the group and their dependents.

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