Yes. As per the Universal Healthcare Law or RA 11223, all Filipinos are automatically eligible to avail of benefits from the National Health Insurance Program or PhilHealth. However, as stated in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the National Health Insurance Act of 20131, Section 24:
“A member separated from formal employment or whose coverage as a Sponsored member or as an Indigent or as a migrant worker has ceased should pay the required premium as self-earning individuals to ensure continuous entitlement to benefits.”
This means you can register to PhilHealth to avail of the benefits, but if unemployed and not a sponsored member/indigent, you still have to pay premiums as a voluntary member.
If you are unemployed, your status will fall under voluntary membership. Already a formal member but shifting to voluntary? Here’s a comprehensive guide to changing your membership category from employed to voluntary.
If you cannot pay your premiums, consider applying under Indirect Contributor Membership. These are members subsidized by the government. If you are an indigent member listed under DSWD, a senior citizen based on RA 10645, or a PWD covered by RA 11228, you are eligible for this membership and shouldered by the government. If applying as an indigent, you will be required to get a certificate of indigency from the barangay local government unit. PWDs and senior citizens may also be asked to show identification.
Disclaimer: This article has been published for educational purposes only. Neither the author nor FilipiKnow is affiliated with PhilHealth, so specific queries about your membership and insurance benefits must be forwarded to the proper authority.
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- Official Gazette. The Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of the National Health Insurance Act (2013).