Saturday, January 28, 2012
Phil Health Premiums Increased By 150% For OFW's
FYI, starting July this year, premiums for Phil Health for the poor OFW's will increase by 150%. Yes, I repeat, 150%. From the original Php900 annual contribution, this will now be Php2,400. When I was waiting for my name to be called at the Phil Health desk for verification of my membership, I was shocked to see the advisory posted at the wall. After reading it, I approached one Phil Health staff seated at the counter and asked, why is there such a big increase in our premiums? I asked him if there are added benefits, from which he replied, "the added benefits were long given prior to the said increase". I asked him for any pamphlet available to see what really changes in the benefit package but after reading it, I can hardly notice one.
Come to think of it, why does the government in collaboration with this health agency would pass on their financial burden to OFW's knowing that the Phil Health is faced with around Php 20 billion arrears in budget. Is it because they know that OFW's will simply obliged to them? Is it because they are thinking that OFW's earn quite a big amount of money and that 150% increase is nothing to us? Or is it because they know for a fact that we don't have a choice?
Some of our brothers and sisters working in the Middle East had already expressed their protest to stop this premium hike comes July.
I felt very much disgraced by how our country is treating OFW's whom they always labeled as the "modern day heroes" for our substantial contribution in uplifting the Philippine economy. If that's the case, then why put the burden to OFW's? We go out of the country to work for our families, to give them a better future and to continually cope up with the rising cost of basic goods and services in our country. We do sacrifice for our goals, we sustain the difficulties of being in a foreign land. We are not "milking cows".
How many OFW's do we have? Millions? Php1,500 additional contribution per OFW per year equals to how much? I won't answer this question. Just do your math and you'll see. :)
Hope the government will try to reconsider this decision. They can increase the premium but 150% is a way too much.
What do you think?
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