Before claiming any PhilHealth benefits, members have to provide their Member Data Record (MDR) and/or PhilHealth ID. The latter, however, is often overlooked by PhilHealth members even if an ID usually comes for free.
Maximize your monthly PhilHealth contributions by securing a PhilHealth ID. Here are the steps to take when getting one.
Apply as a PhilHealth Member First
If you are currently working for a company, expect your human resource department to accomplish your PhilHealth membership. However, unemployed and self-employed individuals need to register as a “Voluntary Member” to receive a PhilHealth ID and avail of the organization’s benefits.
To apply as a PhilHealth member, you must submit the following requirements at any PhilHealth Local Insurance Office (LHIO).
- Two (2) accomplished copies of the PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF), which you can download for free.
- Two (2) latest 1×1 ID pictures
- Two valid IDs or a photocopy of your NSO Birth Certificate
You will receive your PhilHealth number afterwards, which you should use when paying for monthly contributions.
PhilHealth ID and PhilHealth Insurance ID Card
Do you know that there are two kinds of PhilHealth IDs?
First is the regular PhilHealth ID, a paper ID that you can use when claiming inpatient or outpatient hospital benefits. Members can claim this ID without charge at any PhilHealth LHIO.
The second ID is the PhilHealth Insurance ID Card, a digitized ID issued to members in the Formal Economy and Informal Sector. Members can claim this ID for P90 at any PhilHealth LHIO. However, if you wish to declare a dependent for your ID card, you must head to any Bayad Center outlet and pay P358. You also need to present at least two (2) valid IDs of your dependent.
Members can also process dependent ID cards at any SM mall for P360.
Benefits of Owning a PhilHealth Insurance ID Card
Apart from hospital discounts, members with a PhilHealth Insurance ID Card can avail of the following perks:
- 15% discount on generic drugs on Watson’s, Rose Pharmacy, South Star Drug, and The Generics Pharmacy
- 20% to 80% discount on flu vaccines on PQ Health Shield and GSK
- Free eye exam from Vivian Sarabia Optical
- 20% discount on regular items in Vivian Sarabia Optical
- 10% discount on drug testing services at JNW Drug Testing sites
Also, note that this PhilHealth ID is a valid government ID, which you can use for bank account applications and other organizations that require proof of identity.
Don’t discount the importance of having a PhilHealth ID. It’s one of the most effective ways to claim benefits in private and public health care institutions. Always update your PhilHealth membership and secure your ID for medical emergencies.