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OFWs Can Soon File PhilHealth Claims Via Internet
OVERSEAS Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) may soon file claims through the internet for hospital bills incurred abroad, according to an agency official.
“We want to grant financial relief to workers in the event they become ill and seek hospitalization in their host countries,” Dr. Eduardo Banzon, PhilHealth president and CEO said during his recent visit to Eastern Visayas.
He added that they hope to start the plan in selected foreign cities with large concentrations of OFWs.
At present, workers hospitalized abroad may file claims for reimbursement by submitting hard copies within six months to the PhilHealth office near the OFW’s Philippine residence.
The papers to be submitted are PhilHealth claim form 1; a photocopy of the claimant’s latest member data record, or contribution payment receipt; a medical certificate with complete diagnosis, period of confinement and services rendered; and a hospital statement of account and/or official receipts with itemized charges and other supporting documents in English.
The Philippine-based dependents of workers may readily avail themselves of benefits via accredited local hospitals and outpatient service providers.
PhilHealth helps pay for the room and board, medicines, laboratory exams, as well as operating room and professional fees for every hospital confinement of not less than 24 hours of the workers’ spouse and other dependents.
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