Saturday, September 10, 2011

Getting the Fully Loaded PhilHealth Card with Privileges

It's all in the news. PhilHealth has recently launched its new PhilHealth card launched last September 5, 2011 at SM MOA. This card is packed with privileges in the form of discounts and other incentives offered by partner establishments. The new card known as the I-PhilHealthy Card is the first project under the Public Private Partnership Scheme that will be implemented by PhilHealth. Under this scheme, PhilHealth may engage in partnerships with private establishments or merchants which are interested in offering their services or providing product discounts and other incentives to PhilHealth members. Through this, PhilHealth members need not be confined, admitted or undergo surgery to avail PhilHealth benefits as they are able to avail the privileges offered by partner merchants.

Aside from the added value of the I-PhilHealthy Card, PhilHealth has also used this opportunity to facilitate and provide an easier means of enticing and getting new members into the program through the services of partner registration sites. With this, PhilHealth has enhanced public accessibility through the increase in the registration sites and collection windows towards the goal of universal coverage.


The PhilHealth ID Card and the I-PhilHealthy Card
    The difference between the PhilHealth ID Card and the I-PhilHealthy Card is not only on the material used for the card. As shown in the illustrations of the card, the PhilHealth ID card can be considered a valid ID card due to the presence of the cardholder's picture not present in the I-PhilHealthy Card. The I-PhilHealthy Card is similar to the old card released by PhilHealth known as the PhilHealth Number Card (PNC) which only contains the PhilHealth Identification Number (PIN) and the name of the member. The I-PhilHealthy card is made up of PVC material, has a magnetic stripe and displays additional information such as the date of birth and sex of the cardholder.
    Will the I-PhilHealthy Card replace the PhilHealth ID Card? The answer is no, PhilHealth will still be issuing the PhilHealth ID Card to its members who will request for it and both cards can be used in availing PhilHealth benefits. The I-PhilHealthy card is optional, meaning it is the choice of the member to obtain the card to avail the added value of being a PhilHealth member. Moreover, obtaining a PhilHealth ID Card is issued free of charge and applying for an I-PhilHealthy Card will have entail a minimal cost that will be borne by the member.

Who can avail of the I-PhilHealthy Card?
  • Non-PhilHealth members. Individuals interested in becoming a PhilHealth member may obtain an I-PhilHealthy Card upon registration and a one (1) quarter payment of premium contribution. Employed individuals who have not yet been issued their PhilHealth number may also obtain the card through registration with PhilHealth;
  • Existing members. Existing members (those who already have their PhilHealth numbers) in any category (private and government employees, OFWs, individually paying members, sponsored members and lifetime members) may obtain an I-PhilHealthy Card. Sponsored members should likewise apply for the card within the validity of their PhilHealth membership. Lifetime members shall be issued a "PhilHealth Gold Card" as provided by Unilab having the same privileges as that of the I-PhilHealthy Card.
  • Dependents. All valid declared dependents may also obtain their own card. It should be noted that the available/offered privileges and discounts can only be enjoyed by the principal members, however, the dependent card can be presented to accredited health care facilities when availing PhilHealth benefits. A different material will be used for a dependent's I-PhilHealthy card which is somewhat similar to the material used in LRT and MRT cards.

Where to register/obtain the I-PhilHealthy Card?
  • All SM outlets;
  • All CIS Bayad Centers;
  • Mobile and onsite registration through partnership with Prime IT Source.
    The I-PhilHealthy Card is not available in any PhilHealth office, hence, you would need to go to any of the above registration sites.
    As for mobile and onsite registration, members enrolled through this registration scheme will immediately be issued their corresponding I-PhilHealthy Card and members will be introduced to the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) through the Information and Education Campaign being conducted. You may coordinate with your local barangays for the schedule of the PhilHealth onsite registration. We will also try to post or tweet the schedule if available. Moreover, you can request for an onsite registration by coordinating with the Marketing and Collection Department (MCD) or the International & Local Cooperation Department (ILCD) of PhilHealth Central Office or through the PhilHealth Regional offices.
    In addition, for existing PhilHealth members, the registration sites above will not process any amendment or changes to your membership record such as correction in your name or date of birth or change in civil status. They shall only be processing addition of your declared dependents. You would need to go to any PhilHealth office for this. Hence, if there are any discrepancy found in the information you have provided upon application and the information provided by PhilHealth, your transaction cannot be processed by the registration site. You would need to first correct or update your record with PhilHealth. So to prevent this from happening, ensure that you have an updated PhilHealth record before you apply for the I-PhilHealthy Card.
    The SM outlets and CIS Bayad Centers are also accepting collections or payments of your premium contributions particularly for individually paying members. They shall be accepting card and registration applications starting on September 16, 2011 within NCR and the rest of the branches will follow. You may ask directly with the SM and Bayad Centers nearest you for their exact implementation schedule.

What documents are needed to apply for an I-PhilHealthy card?
  • Non-PhilHealth member. Unemployed and employed members not yet registered with PhilHealth (those without PhilHealth numbers) will be required to submit a fully accomplished PhilHealth Membership Registration Form (PMRF) with attached supporting documents for the principal member and declared dependents. Required documents are listed in the 2nd page or back page of the PMRF. For employed non-PhilHealth members, attach an ER2 to be provided by your employer;
  • Existing Members. Existing members should submit an accomplished PMRF (write your PhilHealth number, name and date of birth along with the information of your dependents that will be issued their dependent card) with attached supporting documents for newly declared dependents. You can read our post on who can be declared or recognized as a valid dependent. For employed or individually paying members, photocopy of existing PhilHealth ID Card (PIC) or PhilHealth Number Card (PNC). In lieu of the PhilHealth card you may submit a photocopy of any valid ID. For OFWs, bring photocopy of your existing PhilHealth ID Card or e-receipt, a Member Data Record (MDR). OFWs may also apply for the card through authorized representatives (next of kin), just in case provide an authorization letter. For members under the lifetime membership program (pensioners, retirees and others), bring a photocopy of your Lifetime Membership Program Card. For sponsored members, bring photocopy of your PhilHealth ID Card (with effectivity);
      Bring the original documents and IDs to be presented to the registration sites, however, you will only be required to submit the photocopies / xerox copies.
    How much will be the cost for the Card?
    • Non-PhilHealth member. New registrants shall pay a total of Php360.00 when applying in SM outlets (distributed as Php50.00 for registration and card fees, Php300.00 for one quarter payment and Php10.00 collecting fee) or Php358.00 in CIS Bayad Centers (comprising of Php50.00 for registration and card fees, Php300 for one quarter payment and Php8.00 collection fee);
    • Existing member. Existing members with active coverage or payments only needs to pay the Php50.00 registration and card fees. However, inactive or non-paying PhilHealth members may also pay their premium contributions in the registration sites plus the corresponding collection fee;
    • Dependents. When the principal member applies for the card, two (2) of his/her dependents will be issued their own I-PhilHealthy Card free of charge. The member may opt to provide all his/her declared dependents with their individual card in excess of the two free dependent cards for a corresponding fee. We will be posting the fee once the official advisory comes out.

    How to use the I-PhilHealthy Card
      There is no need to activate the card and the member is eligible to avail the privileges as long as the member is actively or regularly paying the corresponding premium contributions. The I-PhilHealthy Card of the principal member can be used to avail privileges in the form of discounts or incentives offered in any partner merchants.
      Discounts offered is not on top of the 20% Senior Citizens Discount, hence Lifetime Members should choose which discount to use when transacting with the partner establishments.
      The partner merchants may require you to present a valid ID when availing the privileges to ensure your identity.

    Who are the partner merchants / Where can you use the I-PhilHealthy Card (a separate post will be provided to list all services and privileges being offered)
    • Qualifirst Health Inc.;
    • GlaxoSmith Kline;
    • United Laboratories, Inc.;
    • Watsons Personal Care stores;
    • Fresenius/ FMC Renal Care Corp.;
    • PQ Health Shield;
    • Rose Pharmacy Inc.;
    • South Star Drugstore;
    • Vivian Sarabia Optical Corp.;
    • J&W Drug Testing, Inc.;
    • SM outlets;
    • CIS Bayad Centers;
    • Prime IT Source;
    • e-Soluzione;
    • 1abx;
    • All Cards Plastic Philippines;
    • and more to come...

    Mechanics in Applying for an I-PhilHealthy Card
    • The member will go to any registration site and submit the needed documents;
    • The Partner Registration Facility (PRF) shall verify the completeness of the documents;
    • The PRF shall encode all needed information from the PMRF into the system;
    • The PRF will ask you to confirm correctness of encoded / retrieved information. For existing members, you will be informed to coordinate with PhilHealth if there is any discrepancy found in your record. The discrepancy should first be resolved in order to be issued an I-PhilHealthy Card;
    • Once member information is confirmed the PRF will generate a PhilHealth number and encode the two dependents, generate a PhilHealth number for the dependents for the issuance of their own free dependent cards. You may ask the PRF to encode more than two dependents for issuance of the PIN and dependent card at a given cost;
    • The PRF will provide a claim stub for the claiming of the I-PhilHealthy Card. The stub also contains the date when the card can be picked-up which is at least two (2) weeks from the date of your application. The I-PhilHealthy Card can be claimed at the site where you have registered or lodged an application;
    • The PRF will forward unclaimed cards after one year of issuance to corresponding PhilHealth branches. Hence you would need to coordinate with the PhilHealth Office to claim your I-PhilHealthy Card. Call any PhilHealth office near your area on what branch you can claim the card. PhilHealth might also mail the card based on the address in your membership record.
    Replacement of Lost / Stolen Card
    • Submit an Affidavit of Loss, a request letter for replacement and the documentary requirements for existing members. You will be required to pay for the Php 50.00 registration and card fee and may claim the replacement card at the registration site you have filed your request.
    In our personal opinion, since the I-PhilHealthy Card might not be considered a valid ID card by other institutions or establishments due to the unavailability of the cardholder's picture, it is therefore recommended that you hold onto or request for a PhilHealth ID Card. This is especially recommended for those individuals who do not own an ID card since they will need one for transacting with PhilHealth or encashing of check payment issued by PhilHealth (for directly filed claims).
    As PhilHealth has not yet released an official advisory or Circular on these, the information contained here will be updated based on the final information release from PhilHealth. So keep checking back on this post for updates.

    57 comments:

    1. why hindi kasama ang mercury drug store?

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    2. inquire ko lang bakit ang siningil sa denr employees eh P80 .

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      1. sa jose reyes din po 80.

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      2. d2 din sa office nmen P80

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      3. sa hoya din po 80.

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      4. Yun pong mga sumisingil ng 80 ay onsite processing kaya po mas mahal. sa sm po kasi you will get the card after a week. Sa onsite processing you are suppose to get the cards immediately after paying the 80 pesos.

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      5. This service was however suapended for the meantime.

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    3. Q1: Maaaring nakikipag usap rin ang PhilHealth sa Mercury drug store at sa iba pang mga kumpanya kung ano ang pwedeng benepisyo na mai-offer sa PhilHealth members.

      Q2: Maaaring sa Prime IT Solution kayo nagavail ng PhilHealth card. Dahil iba iba ang paguusap sa partner ng PhilHealth, posible na ang bawat registration partner ng PhilHealth magkaroon ng ibang presyo depende sa kanilang paguusap. Sa Prime IT sila ang pumupunta sa isang lugar o opisina kung saan ang miyembro ay makakapag avail kaagad ng I-PhilHealthy card.

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    4. kasama po ba ang three-sixty pharmacy? mas madami kasi branch dito nyan sa cebu.

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    5. hindi po kasama ang three-sixty pharmacy sa ngayon, maaaring tignan ang list sa post under partner merchants.

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    6. meron na po ba itong i philhealthy card sa cebu? saan ko po sila pwd ma contact. thanks po.

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    7. meron na sa cebu. ang taga philhealth mismo ang pumunta sa company namin-- on site printing ng card. pero when i was about to avail the benefits sa rose pharmacy, kailangan pala merong resita ng doktor at generic lng na gamot or yung gamo ng ritemed at pharex lng.

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    8. bakit prime it source lang ang naka lagay nyo na on site registration.
      how about the e-soluzione and all cards plastic?

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    9. from the time na pinost po eto, prime it solution pa lang po ang onsite registration, ung e-soluzione and all card is responsible for generation of the cards. Haven't had additional information kung nagon-site registration na rin sila.

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    10. ah ok po. so accredited din po ang e-soluzione and all cards? authorize po ba sila mag print ng card? Kasi ang e-soluzione po pumunta na sa company namin nag onsite registration... maraming salamat po.

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    11. yes they are.. you may call philhealth to verify

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    12. yes, e-soluzione and all cards are authorized by PhilHealth to issue the privilege card to members.

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    13. totoo bang MDR na rin ung i-philhealthy card?

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    14. The released guidelines did not say that the i-philhealth will replace the mdr. You may read the circular in this link : http://www.philhealth.gov.ph/circulars/2011/circ16_2011.pdf

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    15. hindi totoo yung mga benefits na nilalagay nila dito. yung sa watsons na flu vaccine, ala naman nung tumawag ako sa watsons. nagsasayang lang kayo ng pera pagavail ng card na ito...sa moderator, sana wag niyo na idelete uli yung post tulad ng ginawa nyo...bakit takot kayo na mabuking ang maling mga claims nyo?

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    16. we haven't deleted any post relevant to your concern. As for your issue on Watsons privileges we will try to verify with PhilHealth.

      We try to ensure the accuracy of our posts and based it on publicly available materials from PhilHealth itself. If we made a mistake please feel free to point it out so we can correct it.

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    17. saang site ba ang dapat puntahan to register for i-philhealthy card.

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    18. You can go to bayad center or SM business center to request for the card.

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    19. new employed lang po ako at binigyan po ako ng h.r namin ng bagong philhealth card..anu po b ang pagkaka iba nito sa lumang card...at anu makukukha ko dito?...halos wala p kasi akong idea sa mga ganito eh...tnxs

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    20. bkit parang atm n pwde swipe...ipapakita ko lang b to?

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    21. you may refer to the Circular released by PhilHealth in this link: http://www.philhealth.gov.ph/circulars/2011/circ16_2011.pdf

      The card usually comes with privileges from partner companies such as discounts on selected medicines from Watson's and others. The magnetic stripe of the card may be used for future projects of PhilHealth.

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    22. if ever po ba magrequest kami ng onsite registration sa company namin isi-seminar na din ba yung employees?

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    23. As far as we know they only offer onsite registration. You may however check directly with PhilHealth to ask assistance or request for an orientation.

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      1. sir/madam, tanong lng totoo ba na by 2nd quarter e magagamit na yun card sa ospital. thru swipe no need n ng MDR at resibo??

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      2. As far as we know, Philhealth is gearing towards that. Pero di pa namin sigurado kung kelan, as there would be a need to connect first the hospitals to Philhealth.

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    24. hi can i get any contact number of prime it or e-soluzione please? we want to inquire for a batch printing of i-philhealthy card here at our company and i cant find their number on web.
      thanks much.

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      1. We will try to get their number and post it here. You may also directly ask philhealth for their number.

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      2. @Anonymous, try these:

        Prime IT
        http://www.primeitsource.com/
        http://www.primeitsource.com/contact.php
        Unit 102 Linwood Realty Mansion #21 Congressional Ave. Quezon City 1116 Philippines
        Wireless : (632) 386-6660 + 466-1868
        Telefax : (632) 453-5326
        Email : ana@primeitsource.com or sales@primeitsource.com

        For E SOLUZIONE INC. I was only able to get an office address:
        Business Type: Services
        Address:
        UNIT 803 CITYSTATE CENTRE BLDG. 709 SHAW BLVD.
        PASIG, METRO MANILA

        Source:

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      3. mobile registration services are currently suspended.

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    25. so kung hindi pa mggamit thru swipe, pde mo nman sya ipresent sa ospital together with MDR and receipts? instead na yun old card ang ippkita mo?

      so same lng tlga sya ng gamit?? ang advantage lng ng new card e mkkdiscount ka sa participating merchants n philhealth??

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      1. Sa ngayon ay discount card sya, ngunit ang alam namin ay inaayos na ng philhealth ang systema nila para magamit ang card na ito sa ospital.

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    26. gud am... hindi pa po kc namin nakukuha ung card namin. ask ko lng po kung sang lugar pa sila magpaparegister para mapuntahan namin.

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    27. Based on philhealth advisory, mobile registration for the iphilhealthy card is temporarily suspended.

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    28. hindi ko pa rin nagamit ang philhealth card ko until now kasi wlang tumatanggap nito kahit sa rose pharmacy... nagsasayang lang talaga nang pera to avail this.

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      1. That is sad to hear, we hope that philhealth would come up with better use of the card soon.

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    29. saan po pwede mkakuha ng i philhealthy card dito sa rizal? tsaka ung philhealth number po ba is the same dun sa nkaembossed na number dun sa i philhealthy card? please reply po asap.. thanks!

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      1. Yes dapat pareho and Philhealth number mo at ang numero na nasa card.

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    30. d 2 poh ba? sa santa rosa laguna ay ay pwedi ren maka kuha ng philhealth id card? san poh ito banda?

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      1. Check if it is available sa SM o bayad center na malapit sa inyo.

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    31. i have the card since last year pa pero hindi ko pa nagamit kasi wlang tumatanggap nito sa mga pharmacy.

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      1. tie-ups are watsons and rose pharmacy. ang discount ay specific lang sa klase ng gamot na ino-offer ng bawat participating partners.

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    32. san po pwdeng kumuha ng ID here in Laguna.thnx..ASAP

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      1. you may visit this URL: http://www.philhealth.gov.ph/about_us/map/phro4a/

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    33. Greece is these and so much more. In fact, I’ve been half a dozen times and on one occasion even stayed for an extra two months.
      healthcare consulting firm

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    34. saan po sa sm pwede mag apply ng new philhealth card? may existing old id na po ako gusto ko po sana mag apply ng new philhealth id ung card na po

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    35. Khit saan office b pwede ng request ng philhealth id? N hold up po kc ako. Aside from affidavit of lost, may request letter p b? Knino i address? ano ung other docs n required? Meron lng ako nung kopya ng MDR . Thanks

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      1. Sa kahit na anong branch ng PhilHealth pwede ka magrequest ng ID. You may use the request form template in this post

        http://philhealth101.blogspot.com/2011/08/sample-philhealth-request-letter.html?m=1

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    36. Pano ba to gamitin sa mga private merchants na partner ng philhealth? I have no idea. 9 mos na kong meron nito pero never been used. does it affect my contributions if i avail discounts and the like.?

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    37. Lot of benefits attached to single cards. i think it`s lucrative to have it...

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    38. 360 po b talga ang price ng i.d card kapag first tym plng po kukuha..tnx

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    39. pwede po ba kumuha ng id card sa sm? pick up ko na lang po dun. or bka pwedeng deliver na skin? pls. reply at my email: criselda.delacruz9@yahoo.com....thanks

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