March 5, 2011

The Phil I Need

Philhealth - Mandaluyong Branch started it's operation almost 2 years now. It was my first time to visit the place yesterday as I need to process my father's coverage for his confinement at the Heart Center. I used to frequent Philhealth - Shaw Boulevard, Pasig Branch so I was amazed to see the difference between the two branches: First of, Boni Branch has fewer members inquiring, so few I thought I was in a wrong place. Second, the room itself is way bigger. And lastly, the staff are friendlier, though I must say Staff in Shaw Branch are nice too.Philhealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corporation) is a government owned and controlled corporation that ensures sustainable, affordable and progressive social health insurance which endeavors to influence the delivery of an accessible quality health care for all Filipinos.

I've been paying individually since I resigned from work last 2003. Established in 1999, the Individually Paying Program is open to self-practicing professionals, freelance writers and photographers, artists, employees of religious and civic organizations and Philippine-based international organizations as well as self-employed individuals, farmers and fisher folks, and even daily wage earners such as well vendors and transport drivers and operators. I pay P1,200 on an annual basis, but others opt to pay quarterly or semi-annual.

Ms. Jinky Arcena (below), the Frontliner who happily assisted all my queries.
Even Philhealth's Head , Ms. Ellen Castisimo (who politely refused for a photo op) was very accommodating.

Philhealth is one of those government agencies that really delivers what they promise. I have proven this many times such as Julia's confinement in 2003, my tonsillectomy in 2004, John's dengue confinement in 2005, and Johns knee surgery in 2008.

At one hundred pesos monthly, I'm not the only one covered...even my husband and our 3 kids are. They get the same benefits I get, not bad, right?

(Here with my high school friend, Armie Balneg-Roman, a happy and proud Philhealth employee)


  1. Wow, may kilala ka pala dyan sa Philhealth. That's good staka mas malapit na sa house nyo sis.

  2. Really great post, Joy! I learned a lot! You see, I filed for early retirement in 2007. And so my PhilHealth contributions were discontinued. I would like to reinstate it sana. Which branch is your friend assigned to? Baka pwede mo ko i-refer? :D If not, kahit directions na lang to the branch. Which branch would you recommend I go to? Sa Boni or Shaw?

  3. Jingke, my friend works in Philhealth Boni.

    Mia, you're husband is a member? If so, you don't need to be a member. If not pa, it's nice to be a member. If you're near Shaw, ok din naman doon. If you're near Boni, dun na lang, mas konti tao...check their website for the requirements you might need to bring.

  4. this is a very inspiring posts specially for those who would like to have a voluntary Phil Health contribution... see peeps you dont have to be employed to enjoy the benefits..
    Brown Pinay
    My Point of View


Thank you for the joyful comments!