Since we are on the subject of all things going online and electronic, I’m sharing my research on getting a Philhealth number through… yes, online means. This has been around for quite some time now but I’m posting it just the same for those who just graduated, have never gotten around to getting their Philhealth numbers, for your household helpers and family drivers, their families, etcetera. My motto is you’ll never know who might need it so go ahead and publish it!
Every Filipino MUST have his own Philhealth number. It is important too that you keep a record of your Philhealth number while waiting to get a physical card. Whether you are employed or self-employed, make sure that your contributions are updated (very minimal monthly contributions, I tell you.). Tandaan, Daig ng Maagap ang Masipag.
So how to get a Philhealth number online? Easy. Read on.
- Log on to www.philhealth.gov.ph
- Click on Online Services. This can be found on the green bar right below the Philhealth logo.
- Choose Electronic Registration and click on Register.
- You will be taken to the Welcome Page. Here you will be informed that this is Phase 1 of Electronic Registration and Amendment System (ERAS), much like the SSS Number online application that I posted a few weeks back.
- A brief read on the Terms and Conditions follows the welcome page. Read this and tick the I agree box, then click on the Accept button.
- You will then be taken to the electronic registration form. Here you will be asked to key in your:
- Personal Information
- Contact Details
- Dependents’ Information
- Guardian Information
- Membership Category Information
At the bottom of the form is an option to upload scanned copies of documents and IDs to further validate the authenticity of the online application and the applicant’s identity. These files must be scanned and saved as either jpeg/jpg, png, gif, or pdf formats, and no larger than 2MB per document. Before sending, verify that all entries in the document are clear and readable even through a computer monitor or laptop.
One such document is an NSO Birth Certificate. Save the scanned copy on your desktop and upload it under the Browse column. The Birth Certificate is best especially when you have declared dependents and beneficiaries.
After submitting the form and the scanned documents and IDs, you will receive an email from Philhealth informing you of the second phase of the application. Access the email address you provided in the registration page and check for any email messages from Philhealth. To activate your membership and be eligible for benefits, start paying your premiums.
Try it now!