How to Get a PhilHealth ID in the Philippines?

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Written by Emie Rose Navarro

If you live in the Philippines and are a member of PhilHealth, you might be asking how to apply for a PhilHealth ID.

How to Get a PhilHealth ID in the Philippines?
How to Get a PhilHealth ID in the Philippines?

A PhilHealth ID card is an important identification that demonstrates your membership. It qualifies you for medical services and PhilHealth benefits. It is also a valid ID for various operations with the government and other organizations.

One can obtain the PhilHealth identification card for free, and has no expiration, so you can use it always. Moreover, it is one of the quickest IDs to obtain in the Philippines. Unlike other government-issued IDs, PhilHealth does not need extensive forms or supplementary documentation.

So if you’re one of those people who don’t have a PhilHealth ID, here’s how to obtain one.

How can I get a PhilHealth ID?

PhilHealth, or the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (a government organization under the DOH) manages the National Health Insurance Program. Its mandate is to help Filipinos with the cost of their healthcare.  

Before you may apply for an ID card, you must first be a member of PhilHealth. Whether you’re employed, self-employed, or have no work, the PhilHealth ID application procedure differs.

PhilHealth ID Requirements

Keep in mind that the prerequisites for the ID cards are the same:

  • Two 1×1 ID pictures
  • Two copies of the PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF)
  • A photocopy of your PSA-issued birth certificate or at least two valid IDs

Here is the complete guide on how to get a PhilHealth ID in the Philippines:

  1. Visit the nearest PhilHealth Office or PhilHealth Express Outlet
  2. Complete the PhilHealth Request Form
  3. Submit your request form and valid ID
  4. Get your PhilHeath ID and Member data record
  5. Add your picture, then sign the ID.

How to get a PhilHealth ID card online?

You must first register as a member in order to get a PhilHealth ID. Next, you should submit your application in person at a nearby PhilHealth office.

You will receive a PhilHealth identification card and number once you have registered as a member, which you may use to sign up online and check your membership information. Only people with an existing PhilHealth number can do online registration.

Can I get a free PhilHealth ID online?

After registering at the nearest PhilHealth office, you can get a free regular ID. However, the PhilHealth insurance card and regular monthly contributions are not free.

PhilHealth payment is crucial since it provides insurance for your health and possible emergencies. Any PhilHealth member, regardless of employment status, is eligible to contribute.

For more details about your eligibility, visit the official PhilHealth website.

Is PhilHealth ID a valid government ID?

A regular PhilHealth ID card or Insurance card is acknowledged as a valid ID in addition to giving members access to their benefits. But the PhilHealth regular ID card and the digitized PhilHealth ID are two different types of ID.

The PhilHealth regular identification card is made of cardboard and is not laminated when it is first issued. Only a few government organizations and establishments accept it as a valid ID.

On the other hand, the digitized PhilHealth Insurance Card is a wholly laminated photo ID card that is accepted as valid identification by all government organizations and other businesses.

How can I apply for PhilHealth for the first time?

Registering for an account is the initial step toward obtaining a PhilHealth ID.

For employed members, you might not need to do this yourself because your PhilHealth membership may already have been handled by the private company you worked for.

Ask your HR representative if you’re unsure if this was the case. If you have already enrolled, ask your HR representative for the PhilHealth identification number.

If you’re unemployed or self-employed and have never worked as an official employee, you may need to enroll as a voluntary member and request a PhilHealth ID.

Visit the PhilHealth Local Insurance or PhilHealth Express Office closest to you to register by bringing the necessary documentation.

  • Two complete copies of the PhilHealth Member Registration Form
  • Two valid IDs or a photocopy of your PSA-issued birth certificate
  • Two 1×1 ID pictures

Your PhilHealth ID Number will be provided to you after an officer has reviewed your Membership registration and eligibility requirements. It is required when you submit PhilHealth claim benefits and make monthly contributions. 

PhilHealth ID FAQs
PhilHealth ID FAQs

How can I get a PhilHealth ID for a student?

The requirements for getting a PhilHealth identification card for a student include the following:

  • Two complete copies of the PhilHealth Member Registration Form PMRF
  • Two valid IDs or a photocopy of your PSA-issued birth certificate
  • Two 1×1 ID pictures

The contributions of students who have registered for PhilHealth vary according to their age and job status.

If a student is listed as one of their parents’ qualified dependents and is under 21, they are exempted from contributing.

Students may register as officially employed members or voluntary members and pay premiums monthly after they turn 21.

The students are eligible as indigent members to continue receiving PhilHealth benefits until they can find employment if they are already 21 but still can’t pay the monthly PhilHealth contribution.

To qualify as an indigent member, students must meet the following requirements: 

  • Barangay clearance 
  • A certification from the MSWDO states that you are among the poorest of the poor.
  • Birth certificate and any other supporting documents

How can I get a PhilHealth ID for a Senior Citizen?

There are two ways a senior citizen member can register in PhilHealth.

Via OSCA (Office for Senior Citizen Affairs)

  • Complete two copies of the PhilHealth Member Registration Form.
  • Submit copies o the OSCA in the municipality or city where the person resides.
  • Wait for Member Data Record and ID Card from PhilHealth via OSCA

Via LHIO (PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office)

  • Complete two copies of the PhilHealth Member Registration Form.
  • Provide a valid government ID or a Senior Citizens ID issued by the OSCA in the municipality or city where the person resides.
  • Submit a completed PMRF and a PhilHealth ID card while waiting for the member data.

The proceeds of Republic Act No. 10351, often known as the Sin Tax Law, would be used to pay the premium contributions online of people who will be registered in the Senior Citizens category.

How can I get a PhilHealth PVC ID card?

To get a PhilHealth PVC ID card, you may need to:

  • Visit any of the Local Health Insurance Office or PhilHealth Office
  • Complete two copies of the PhilHealth Member Registration Form
  • Submit the request form to the Local Health Insurance or any PhilHealth branch
  • Wait for the ID card and Member Data Record (MDR)

According to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Memorandum No. M-2012-021, the PVC-type Health Insurance Card, which is being offered to many PhilHealth members in the Formal and Informal Sector on an opt-in basis at the cost of Php 90, is a valid government-issued ID card that should be honored in any transaction, such as bank transactions, requiring proof of a person’s identity. 

Additionally, you can take advantage of exclusive member discounts and offers by getting this card. 

If you have qualified dependents, you can also allow them to use the PhilHealth insurance card to take advantage of these savings on prescription medication purchases at participating pharmacies or drugstores.

What is a digitized PhilHealth ID?

The digitized PhilHealth ID is a plastic card with a digital print. It contains the same information and works just like the paper version of the card. However, this card is not free for the member and their dependents.

How do I get my PhilHealth number?

To get a PhilHealth number in the Philippines, you can follow these steps:

Visit a PhilHealth office or outlet: Go to any Local Health Insurance Office or PhilHealth Express outlet nationwide

Fill out the PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF): Complete two copies of the PMRF, which is available at the PhilHealth office or can be downloaded from their website.

Bring the necessary requirements: Prepare the following documents and items: Two copies of your latest 1×1 ID pictures.

  • At least two valid IDs (e.g., SSS ID, TIN, Passport)
  • A photocopy of your PSA-issued Birth Certificate and/or Marriage Certificate for married female registrants.

If you are an employee:

Check your payslip or any documents from your employer: Your PhilHealth number may be printed on your payslip or any documents from your employer, especially if they deduct PhilHealth contributions from your salary.

For first-time job seekers:

Apply for PhilHealth membership registration: If you’re a first-time jobseeker, you can easily apply for PhilHealth membership registration by presenting a barangay certificate stating that you’re a first-time jobseeker.

Related: PhilHealth online registration guide

Is the PhilHealth card free?

Yes. All PhilHealth members receive the standard ID card, a paper-based identification card, free of charge. It has space for your picture, your name, and your PhilHealth Identification Number. 

This identification can be used to make purchases from PhilHealth or any other accredited healthcare provider, as well as to access inpatient or outpatient benefits at any accredited healthcare facility. Likewise, it accelerates insurance claim processing.

Moreover, as long as it is supported by another valid ID, you can use it as valid identification for other government transactions.

But be aware that, unlike the digitized PhilHealth Insurance ID card, it lacks safety features and is not accepted as a valid identification by the majority of government and financial institutions.

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