By Jennylou Canon


Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday said that Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) members’ contribution rate hike cannot be delayed unless Universal Health Care law is amended.

Duque said in a televised briefing that the hike will be implemented as it is in accordance with the Universal Health Care law which mandates it.

“Tuloy po ito kasi naaayon po ito sa Universal Health Care law,” Duque stated.

“Kinakailangan po siguro dito ay magkaroon ng amyendaang batas na mapagbigyan po ang kanilang nais na i-defer o i-delay ang imposition o implementation of the premium, contributions rate [hike],” he added.

The Universal Health Care Act mandates increases in member premiums by 0.5 each year from 2021 until it reaches the maximum 5% in 2025.

Recently, PhilHealth announced an increase in the premium rate of 3.5% , which was 3% in 2020, of their monthly basic salary.