04 March 2010
Sorsogon Province -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has assured the elderly that they will be lifetime members of the agency endowed with the same health insurance and medical benefits they enjoyed in the past.
Dr. Veronica T. Mateum, PhilHealth Bicol officer-in-charge, explained that lifetime coverage is granted to the members who have reached the age of sixty (60) and have paid at least 120 months premium to the program (including those made during the former Medicare Program).
Mateum added that these are elderly who retired or were separated from employment, individually paying members and Social Security System (SSS) members including those permanent total disability and survivorship pensioners before March 4, 1995.
She elaborated that old-age members of PhilHealth can still avail of inpatient care benefits, outpatient coverage and special packages.
"During the member's retirement years, PhilHealth will provide them financial protection necessary in maintaining their health, either here or abroad, without further paying their premium contributions," she stressed.
PhilHealth also maintains that as lifetime members, they are also entitled to the full benefits together with their qualified dependents.
To avail of the lifetime membership, old-age members are to submit certified true copies of any of the following documents:
- Duly accomplished M1c Form (in duplicate copies)
- Two (2) latest 1" x 1" ID picture
- Certified True Copy (CTC) of the SSS or GSIS Retirement Certification and any pertinent data that Philhealth will require
Following the submission, members will be issued of his/her PhilHealth Lifetime Member Card which is a valid ID to be used in all PhilHealth transactions.
"Should there be discrepancies or any concerns pertaining to lifetime membership and benefits availment, qualified members or trusted relatives may visit the nearest PhilHealth Office in their area," Mateum related.
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