Recently, news regarding the mandatory payment of SSS contribution among Overseas Filipino Workers was announced. Now, another set of expenses will have to be paid by OFWs.

A PhilHealth premium based on the salary of the OFW will have to be paid, according to GMA News. Currently, land-based OFWs pay a fixed amount of P2,400 per year.

It is said that under the new regulation, the PhilHealth premium will be based on the 2.75% salary of the OFW starting this year. But the amount will rise to 5 percent as early as 2024.

As for the employers of land-based OFWs, they will have no share in paying the amount.

However, some OFW groups are against the implementation of new regulations prompting OFWs to pay premiums. According to them, this will only drag more Filipinos in transacting to illegal recruiters.

“Kumakain pa rin ‘yun sa pera sana na maipapadala na nila sa pamilya nila. And ‘yung isang concern namin, sa tingin ko malubha rin ‘yung sakit ng PhilHealthsa corruption e. Gamutin muna nila ‘yung sakit nila,” says Susan Ople of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center.

According to PhilHealth, this increase in their premium was due to the Universal Healthcare Law. They also noted that as much as 2.3 billion worth of medical services were benefited by OFWs as well as their beneficiaries in the previous year.

“The range of services is also going to increase. We want to assure the public that their money is going to be carefully guarded, it’s not going to be wasted,” he added.

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