Duterte orders postponement of PhilHealth contribution hike — Go

PhilHealth contribution hike

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to postpone the 2021 contribution hike for members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), according to Senator Bong Go on Monday.

“Pina defer na muna ni PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) ang increase sa PhilHealth… Pandemic tayo ngayon, trabaho ng government humanap ng paraan and to make easy for the people,” Go said.

Go earlier said Duterte expressed willingness to sign any papers that would allow the said postponement of contribution hike.

“Base sa usapan namin ni Pangulong Duterte, sang-ayon naman po siya na ipagpaliban pansamantala muna ang pagtaas sa rates ng contributions ng PhilHealth habang may pandemya pa tayong kinakaharap,” he said.

“Sinabi niya na kung may maipapasang batas ang lehislatibo na naglalayong ipatupad ang deferment, o kung may kailangang aprubahan na dagdag na pondo mula gobyerno para hindi maantala ang serbisyo ng PhilHealth, pipirmahan niya ito pagkatapos mapag-aralan ng mabuti,” Go added.

PhilHealth member contributions were supposed to increase to 3.5 percent from 3 percent. This is to ensure enough funding for the healthcare benefits of its members as mandated by the UHC Law.”

Go did not specify when the order would become effective, as well as other details about the order.

PhilHealth has also yet to give a statement on the matter.

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