THE scheduled hike in
Philippine Health Insurance
Corp (PhilHealth) contribution will not push through
this year, according to a
memorandum released by
Malacañang, citing an order
by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
The premium rate for
PhilHealth was supposed to
increase this year to 4.5 percent from 4 percent, based
on Section 10 of the Universal Health Care Act.
Marcos instructed PhilHealth to defer the hike based
on the current economic conditions, the memo said.
“In light of the prevailing socioeconomic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to
provide financial relief to our
countrymen amidst these
difficult times, please be informed that the President
has directed the PhilHealth
to suspend the above mentioned increase in premium
rate and income ceiling for
CY 2023, subject to applicable laws, rules and regulations,” the memo states.
In a joint statement released Monday night, the
Department of Health and
PhilHealth said they already
received the President’s memorandum.
The two agencies said the
matter will be discussed on
Wednesday, and more information will be made available after.
“The DOH and PhilHealth recognize the suspension is intended to help our
kababayans cope with the increasing prices of commodities caused by inflation,” the
“Such moratorium in increases in premium contributions have been done in
years 2020 and 2021.
was in accordance with directives of the Office of the
President, and in recognition
of the effects of the pandemic during those years,” they