Published: December 11, 2020 | Updated: December 17, 2020 | Posted by: Venus Zoleta | Government Services
The first step to getting universal health insurance coverage in the Philippines is to become a PhilHealth member. This involves going through a membership registration process on-site, which means going to a PhilHealth office, accomplishing forms, submitting the requirements, and being issued a PhilHealth number.
In the new normal, that manual registration method might just slowly become a thing of the past. PhilHealth has made membership enrollment simpler through its PhilHealth online registration facility. Now, you can just complete the process over the internet while staying at home. No lines, no hassle, no contact with other people.
Want to register as a new member? Here’s what new members need to know.
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The e-Registration and Amendment System (eRAS) is a PhilHealth online registration facility under the My PhilHealth Portal that enables Filipinos and foreign residents in the Philippines to enroll in the National Health Insurance Program.
PhilHealth’s electronic registration system is an easier alternative to the manual membership enrollment, eliminating the need to line up at a PhilHealth office. Online registration is very convenient, especially for those who live far from the closes PhilHealth branch and those who are currently based abroad.
Using the system is free for everyone who have access to a computer or mobile device and internet connection.
Although you can use the traditional membership registration method, it’s a lot better to register online (as long as the e-Registration system is working). It will save you time, money, and effort rather than going personally to a PhilHealth office to enroll as a new member.
The system is intended for use of the following types of members:
PhilHealth is the Philippine government’s national health insurance program. As the national health insurance provider, the government agency is mandated to cover the hospitalization and other medical expenses of its eligible members.
This means being a PhilHealth member is important not just for your physical but also financial health and well-being.
The expensive cost of availing a healthcare service in the Philippines can reduce or even deplete your savings. If you have PhilHealth coverage and you get hospitalized in an accredited facility, you won’t have to pay for your entire bill because PhilHealth will shoulder a portion of the cost.
PhilHealth members enjoy subsidy for the following healthcare costs:
Fortunately, PhilHealth requires only a few things for those who want to register online as new members.
To enroll in PhilHealth online, you need to have your own active email address. This is where PhilHealth will send you the confirmation, transaction number, and other relevant details regarding your online membership registration.
Also, you’ll have to attach a copy of your valid ID to the PhilHealth online registration form. Such a requirement is the only way for PhilHealth to verify your identity since there won’t be face-to-face interaction with the staff for your membership registration.
*Note: When submitting your supporting document via post, include a printed copy of the confirmation email or indicate your transaction number. The requirements must be received by PhilHealth within 30 days from your online registration to complete your membership enrollment.
Read more: Simple Steps to Getting a PhilHealth ID
You will not be able to enroll in PhilHealth online when the e-registration system is having a downtime. It happens when it’s undergoing system maintenance or enhancement.
When the system is not working, you can either wait for it to get restored or apply for PhilHealth membership manually.
If you live in Metro Manila, you may try sending a soft copy of your accomplished PMRF and valid ID to the email address of the regional PhilHealth office in your area. This way, you don’t have to leave your home to apply for membership at a PhilHealth branch.
Here are the email addresses for those who prefer to file their membership registration via email.
|PhilHealth Office||Covered Areas||Email Address|
|NCR Central Branch||Marikina, Quezon City, San Juan, Rizalemail@example.com|
|NCR North Branch||Caloocan, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Navotas, Valenzuelafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|NCR South Branch||Las Piñas, Makati, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, Taguigemail@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org|
OFWs currently overseas may email the PhilHealth online registration requirements to the Overseas Filipinos Program Office (email@example.com).
The PhilHealth Identification Number (PIN), or PhilHealth number for short, is a unique and lifetime 12-digit number assigned to every PhilHealth member upon membership registration. Required for all transactions with the government agency, the PhilHealth number is used for identification and eligibility verification of members.
To get your PhilHealth number online, you have to register as a new member first. When you’ve completed your procedure, you’ll be issued your PhilHealth number through email.
If you’re an existing member and you lost your PhilHealth number, you may request it through the PhilHealth Action Center at (02) 8441-7442 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PhilHealth used to have a text facility dedicated to PhilHealth number verification. It’s not working anymore.
However, PhilHealth has a text hotline (0917-898-7442) that you may contact if you need assistance in recovering your PhilHealth number.
Use the Member Inquiry facility on the PhilHealth website to get a digital copy of your MDR. Aside from that, this online service can also be used for checking the accuracy of your PhilHealth membership records and posted contributions.
Here are the steps to access your PhilHealth MDR online:
If you can’t access the Member Inquiry page (which happens a lot lately due to downtimes), you can request a copy of your MDR at the nearest PhilHealth branch. Just present a valid ID for identity verification.
Back to the main article: Valid IDs in the Philippines You Need to Have
With PhilHealth having multiple instances of website downtime this year, expect that your PhilHealth online registration might not happen when you need it. Just be patient and take the alternate route, which is to enroll in PhilHealth manually.
After all, the process is just easy with a few simple steps. The hardest part is waiting in line for about an hour. But you’ll realize all the effort will be worth it when you or your dependent falls ill—the PhilHealth benefits you’ll get will lighten the load on your wallet.