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4 Steps to Apply for PhilHealth Membership

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), which administers the National Health Insurance Program of the Philippines, was established in 1995 in order to provide health insurance coverage to all Filipinos. If you're working in a private company or government company, you are required to be a member of PhilHealth.  PhilHealth is very beneficial to you and to your family or dependents. Some of the benefits of PhilHealth are:
  1. In-patient care:
    1. room and board
    2. services of health care professionals
    3. diagnostic, laboratory, and other medical examination services
    4. user of surgical or medical equipment and facilities
    5. prescription drugs and biologicals
    6. health education
  2. Out-patient medical and surgical care:
    1. services of health care professionals
    2. diagnostic, laboratory and other medical services
    3. personal preventive services
    4. prescription drugs and biologicals
    5. health education
  3. Emergency and transfer services
  4. Health Education Packages
  5. Other health care services determined by the PhilHealth and Department of Health

If you want to apply or register for PhilHealth membership, just follow the steps below:

How to Apply PhilHealth Membership

Step 1

Prepare and bring the needed requirements:

Valid ID. Bring a photocopy of one of your valid id's such as:
  • Birth Certificate (recommended)
  • Social Security System (SSS ID)
  • Government Service Insurance System (GSIS ID)
  • Driver's License
  • PRC ID
  • Senior Citizen's ID
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID
  • Certification from the National Council for the Welfare of the Disabled Persons
  • Seaman's Book
  • OFW ID
  • Government Office ID (e.g. PNP, AFP, etc.)
  • Alien Certification of Registration (ACR)
  • other company ID's issued by Private entities/institutions registered under Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Securities and Exchange Commission or Insurance Commission

If you're married (your spouse as your dependent), please bring the needed document:
  • Photocopy of Marriage Certificate/Contract
  • (For Muslim), Affidavit of Marriage issued by Office of the Muslim Affairs, and shall pass through Shri'a Court and must be authenticated/registered in the National Statistics Office (NSO).

If you have children (children you included as dependents), bring their identification documents such as:
  • Birth Certificate (for legitimate or illegitimate child below 21)
  • Court Decree of Adoption (for adopted child below 21 years old)
  • Marriage Certificate between the natural parents and stepmother/stepfather and Birth Certificate/s of Stepchildren (for stepchildren below 21 years old)
  • Birth Certificate and Medical Certificate of child issued by the attending physician stating and describing the extent of disability (for mentally or physically disabled children who are 21 years old or above)

If you want your parents to be included as your dependents, bring their birth certificate or any proof attesting their birthdate. If you have stepparent or adoptive parent, you must bring one of the following documents:
  1. For Stepparent/s 60 years old or above
    • Birth Certificate of member-child indicating the biological parent
    • Marriage Certificate/Contract between biological parent of the member and the stepfather or notarized affidavit of the uninterested persons attesting to the date of birth
    • Death Certificate of member's deceased biological parent
  2. For Adoptive parent/s 60 years old or above
    • Court Decree/Resolution of Adoption or Photocopy of Birth Certificate of the Child in which the adoption and is annotated
    • Birth Certificate/s of adoptive parents or a notarized affidavit of two disinterested persons attesting to the date of the birth
Prepare the initial contribution of Php 600 (good for 3 months).

Step 2

Go to the PhilHealth office. If you don't know the location of your nearest PhilHealth office, you must ask someone (friends, neighbors, relatives) where to find the office. They'll be happy to answer you.

Step 3

In the PhilHealth office, tell the staff or employee assigned in the new account application desk that you want to apply for PhilHealth membership. He/she will give you a PhilHealth Member Registration Form which looks like this:

PhilHealth Member Registration Form
PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF) photo snapshot

You can download a copy of this by clicking this download link [ Download PhilHealth Member Registration Form ].

Fill-out this form appropriately. It is required to write in CAPITAL LETTERS. In the form under PURPOSE, check the FOR ENROLLMENT box. If the information is not applicable for you, write N.A. Further instructions are written at the back of the form. So make sure to read the instructions before filling-out the form.

Step 4

Your documents will be checked, verified and the application will be processed. Pay for your initial contribution (Php 600 good for 3 months). Then wait for a few minutes until it's finished. 

You can claim your PhilHealth ID after a week or two weeks depending on the PhilHealth office you applied for.

PhilHealth members and/or their dependents are entitled to avail of the benefits if either of the following is met:
  • Paid premium contribution for at least three (3) months within six (6) months  prior to the first day of availment; or
  • Paid in full the required premium for the calendar year
If you have questions or problems regarding your PhilHealth membership, feel free to ask in the comment below.

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Total comments : 16
Elizabeth Martinez   (17 January 2018 11:00 AM)
GOOD DAY po . Im pregnant 5months willing po ako mag apply for phil.health how much po ba ang bbyran and magagamit ko na po b sa pnganganak ko yun ? Salamat po .

Dawn Pebie Sevillejo   (21 November 2017 8:46 PM)
Hello Good day,
I wanna ask Lang po about my mom who is 58 years old.I wanted her to have a philhealth but the problem is that she doesn’t have a ID’s.what she have is only BARANGAY CLEARANCE with a profile.
Does the barangay clearance is acceptable?

Please let me hear feedback as soon as possible.,thank you.

Marimar   (28 September 2017 5:18 PM)
Good day po. Ask ko Lang po kung active parin ba ang philhealth kahit ilang taon na rin di nakakapagbayad?

Jennelyn O. Villero   (29 July 2017 9:40 PM)
Good day..Query ko lang po, kapag magpa member po ako automatically magbabayad na po ba ako monthly.?Sa ngayon wala pa po akong work.Pwede po ba na magpa member lang muna saka na ako magreregular ng paghulog kapag magkaroon na ako ng work?.thank you, GODBLESS.

Loui D. Reponte   (26 July 2017 9:57 AM)
Good day. My employer is asking me to provide a Membership Data Record of Philhealth.Will I able to get it once registered at a philhealth office?

Mariel Tee   (12 July 2017 2:14 PM)
Good day! Ask ko lang po. Allowed po ba ang brgy certificate as valid ID? Thankyou!

Janille Orpha Bissoyoc   (13 May 2017 1:45 PM)
Good day! Ask ko lang po kung paano i-activate yung Phil health membership. Sa mall po kasi ako nagsubmit ng pmrf then they gave me a paper consisting my PIN including member status indicated as inactive.

bryan   (20 March 2017 2:17 PM)
bakit yung iba wla dawng bayad ? nakakalito nman :3

cha   (15 February 2017 8:28 AM)
Good day po. Kapag po sa online ako nag register kelan ko po makukuha ung ID at san ko po makukuha?

Edz   (24 November 2016 0:03 AM)
Do first time members really need to pay 600?

admin   (25 November 2016 10:14 AM)
Yes Edz, it's for the quarter payment (good for 3 months)

Milky raagas   (19 July 2016 6:24 PM)
Kung first regesterd ba may bayad ba or wala?

Nerissa opo   (14 June 2016 8:25 AM)
Hi good morning ask ta ko bout sa ko philhealth unsaon nko pag activate ug change status ato

jevenlerion   (19 December 2015 8:58 PM)
And what philhealth category
I belong with? I'm just at home and want to contribute voluntarily. Please have some reply.

jevenlerion   (19 December 2015 8:45 PM)
Hellow philhealth, I want
To register as a philhealth member but I don't have any valid i.d, can i use only my NSO birth certificate?

lovely joy   (01 June 2015 8:57 PM)
Can i avail of my philhealth benefits during the month of my enrollment..?please answer