As a government employee, I am an automatic Philhealth member and my husband and kids are my dependents. So when my husband was hospitalized several times in the last few years and I gave birth late last year, I gave thanks for Philhealth many times over for its subsidy and efficient system.
What I specially love about Philhealth is how it no longer allows direct filing, meaning the subsidy is applied to your hospital bill. Thus, there's no more need to go through the gauntlet of queuing at a Philhealth office with your documents in tow and, assuming all your documents are complete, waiting for a check to be released. Imagine experiencing the stress of being hospitalized or having a family member get hospitalized, and then going through the additional effort of personally claiming your Philhealth benefit, with all the accompanying bureaucratic challenges thrown in for good measure. Hassle!
Even the documentary requirements are simpler. Upon checking in, you'll be required to submit the following: Philhealth Claim Form 1 (CF1); certificate of premium payments from your employer; and the Member Data Record (MDR).
Strangely enough though, in the private hospitals we've tried, we were never asked to present an MDR, while the Philippine General Hospital required it. My guess is that the private hospitals could access a patient's Philhealth file, thus, there was no need to submit an MDR.
The MDR can be acquired through any Philhealth branch (either a stand-alone branch or any of the satellite branches located in malls) OR you can skip yourself the trouble and simply print it out yourself.
To print out your MDR, first you need to be a Philhealth member. If you're not employed and you're not yet a Philhealth member, please click here for information on how to become a member.
Once you become a member, head over to the Philhealth website and click on Online Services.
You will then reach the My Philhealth Portal. Take a few seconds to marvel at the available options for members and employers before clicking on the login link under Member Inquiry.
At the Member Inquiry landing page, click the Register link to start the process of creating your own My Philhealth account.
Fill out the form and press Submit Registration.
Your password will be sent your specified email. Activate your account by clicking on the link embedded in your email. Once activated, login your account using the PIN and password sent to your email.
Once you're logged in, you can find the following information in your Philhealth account:
To print out your MDR, click on MDR Printing and your MDR will pop up reading for printing. Get that printer running and you're done.
A final warning though, the MyPhilhealth account sometimes bogs down and when that happens, there's no way to access your records or print out your MDR. Hence, your only recourse will be to go a Philhealth branch and ask for a printout of your MDR. Them's the breaks folks, hopefully you'll have better luck next time you'll need to access your MyPhilhealth account.
* Additional image from myPhilhealth.blogspot.com.