I. Sea-based Filipino workers or seafarers – any person who is employed or engaged in any capacity on board a seagoing ship navigating foreign seas other than a government ship used for military or non-commercial purposes. The definition shall include fishermen, cruise ship personnel and those serving foreign maritime mobile offshore and drilling units.(same definition of seafarer per '38 Rule II Part I of POEA Rules and Regulations Governing Recruitment and Employment of Seafarers'; (ss) Section 1, Rule II of Omnibus Rules and Regulations Implementing the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, as amended by Republic Act No. 10022)
II. Land-based overseas Filipino workers – an Overseas Filipino Worker who is other than a sea-based OFW
III. Filipinos with Dual Citizenship – Filipinos who are also citizens of other countries.
Overseas Filipino members may avail themselves of PhilHealth benefits even if they are confined in hospitals abroad. At the same time, their qualified dependents in the Philippines may avail themselves of the benefits even if the principal is working overseas.
These benefits include:
Overseas Filipino members must meet the following conditions to be able to avail of benefits:
If an Overseas Filipino member is confined abroad, the following documents must be sent either via overseas courier or electronic mail to the PhilHealth Regional Office or Local Health Insurance Office nearest the OF’s Philippine address within 180 calendar days from the date of discharge:
1. Medical abstract or medical record written in English or copy of Medical Certificate indicating the final diagnosis, confinement period and medical services rendered;
2. Copy of the operative record written in English, if an operation was performed
3. Statement of account
4. Official Receipt issued by the hospital and doctor
Properly filled out PhilHealth Claim Form 1
If an Overseas Filipino member or his qualified dependent is confined in the Philippines, a properly filled out PhilHealth Claim Form 1 must be submitted to the Billing Section of the accredited hospital before being discharged.
To verify if your PhilHealth Member Data Record contains updated information about your membership profile and your list of qualified dependents, click on the Member Inquiry icon under the Online Services section, follow the log-in procedures and check on the accuracy of your member data.
I. Download the PhilHealth Member Registration Form
II. Click FOR UPDATING on the upper right-hand side of the form
III. Indicate the necessary revisions
IV. Email the accomplished form to firstname.lastname@example.org
V. Await via email a copy of your updated Member Data Record
The annual premium contribution of land-based Overseas Filipinos is based on the amount prescribed by the Corporation. The minimum current rate is P2,400.00 per year. This can be paid in advance for two years to five years, or depending on the duration of the employment contract with the overseas employer.
For seafarers, the premium contribution rate is salary-based following the premium schedule for the Formal Economy. (Click here for premium contribution schedule)
Premium payments may be made overseas through any of our PhilHealth-accredited collecting agents and tie-ups abroad. (Click here for the list of accredited collecting agents and tie-ups abroad)
Payments may also be made at any or our accredited collecting partners in the Philippines or through the PhilHealth Counter at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City. (Click here for the list of accredited collecting agents)
PhilHealth coverage need not end when your contract with manning agency ends. If vacationing in the Philippines while waiting for contract renewal, sea-based OF members should pay their premium contributions to ensure benefits availment should the need arises.
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