Understanding Philhealth Contributions in 2024

PhilHealth contributions are more than just a financial obligation; they’re a lifeline for securing healthcare services in the Philippines. Under the Universal Health Care Act, these mandatory payments support a system designed to make healthcare accessible to all Filipinos, whether they are employed, self-employed, or fall into special categories such as seniors or indigents. As of 2024, these contributions have risen to 5% of a member’s monthly salary, with a ceiling of P100,000, reflecting the government’s commitment to enhancing the breadth and depth of healthcare coverage. This system ensures everyone chips in to aid national health security, an important step toward nurturing a healthier workforce and populace.

Members of PhilHealth can expect a range of benefits from their contributions, including hospitalization coverage, access to medicines, and professional fees, all made more robust with the recent premium rate hike. While the increase may necessitate some adjustments in financial planning for both employers and employees, the shared cost model eases the burden on individuals. Looking ahead, PhilHealth assures no further rate hikes post-2025, suggesting stability in member contributions and continued improvements in health service offerings. This collective effort promises a stronger, more resilient healthcare infrastructure for every Filipino, safeguarding not just individual health, but the nation’s well-being at large.

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What is PhilHealth Contribution?

PhilHealth contributions are payments made to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, designed to fund healthcare services for Filipinos. These are typically deducted from the salaries of employed individuals, while self-employed or voluntary members make direct payments.

Significance of this Mandatory Contributions

PhilHealth contributions, currently at 5% of a member’s salary capped at P100,000, are mandated by the Universal Health Care Act. This increase from 4% in 2023 is crucial to ensure the sustainability of the program. It allows the agency to provide wider health coverage and better benefits to its millions of members, including hospitalization, medicines, and professional fees. This contributes to a healthier Filipino workforce and citizenry, ultimately boosting the country’s social and economic development.

Legal Basis

The adjustment in contributions is based on the Universal Health Care Act, signed into law in 2019. It stipulates an annual increase in premium, reaching 5% by 2024.


  • Increased contribution ceilings mean better healthcare coverage.
  • Higher contributions directly translate into enhanced health services and facilities.
  • Employers and employees share the cost, easing individual financial burdens.

Eligibility / Qualifications

All Filipinos aged 21 and above are required to contribute to PhilHealth, either as direct contributors (like formally employed workers and self-employed individuals) or as indirect contributors (such as senior citizens and indigents).


  • Regularly updated PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF).
  • For employers, accurate payroll records to ensure proper premium deductions.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Benefit from PhilHealth Contributions

  1. Check your contribution category (direct or indirect) and determine your monthly earning bracket.
  2. Calculate your contribution using the provided rates.
  3. Ensure that contributions are accurately deducted from your salary or made through the appropriate channels.
  4. Keep abreast of changes and updates to the PhilHealth system to maximize your benefits.

Philhealth Contribution Table, Explained

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The PhilHealth Contribution Table for 2024-2025 illustrates the new premium rates based on monthly salary brackets. For instance, those earning ₱10,000 will now contribute ₱500 monthly, while maximum contributions cap at ₱5,000 for those earning ₱100,000 and above.

Recent Updates

PhilHealth: Contribution Hike for Expanded Benefits

PhilHealth justifies the need for an increase in members’ contributions to expand its benefits. According to PhilHealth chief Emmanuel Ledesma Jr., the state health insurance provider has already implemented enhancements in its health packages and plans to further improve coverage in 2024. The increase in contributions will generate funds necessary to sustain the reforms and complete the benefit plans. (Inquirer)

PhilHealth Assures No Further Contribution Rate Hike in 2026

PhilHealth President and CEO Emmanuel R. Ledesma, Jr. assures members that there will be no further increase in contribution rates in 2026, following the recent hike to 5 percent. Ledesma emphasizes the financial stability of the agency, citing its good cash position and funding from government agencies. The premium rate adjustments are in accordance with the Universal Healthcare Law, with rates gradually increasing from 2.75 percent in 2019 to 4 percent in 2022. (Business Mirror)

Suspension of PhilHealth contributions sought for minimum wage earners

An economist-lawmaker from the House of Representatives, Marikina 2nd District Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo, has proposed to suspend the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. premium contributions of all minimum wage earners to increase their take-home pay. Quimbo suggests that the unspent premium funds can cover the premium contributions of minimum wage earners for at least a year, providing immediate financial relief to economically vulnerable workers. The resolution also aims to reassess PhilHealth’s benefit packages and contribution rates to align with the Universal Health Care Law and expand social protection for minimum wage earners. (The Philippine Star)

Government Employees’ PhilHealth Premium Contributions Increase to 5 Percent

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has issued a circular letter to government agencies, including state universities and colleges, on the guidelines for the adjustment in the share as employer for contributions to PhilHealth. Effective February 15, 2024, monthly premium for government employees with an income of P10,000 to P100,000 above have risen to 5 percent. This increase is in line with the provisions of the Universal Healthcare Law. (Business Mirror)

Video: PhilHealth members’ contribution hikes to 5% this 2024

Philippine Health Insurance Corp. has recently announced that its members’ premium contribution will be raised from four percent to five percent this year. This adjustment aims to ensure the sustainability of the national health insurance program and provide better coverage for its beneficiaries. Members are advised to take note of this change and plan their finances accordingly.



Understanding the new PhilHealth contributions is essential for ensuring healthcare security and compliance with national regulations. While there may be an immediate impact on financial planning and budgeting, the long-term benefits of a stronger healthcare system for the Filipino community are invaluable. Employers play a significant part in this transition and must effectively communicate these changes to their employees. As members, staying informed and compliant with these updates is your contribution to building a healthier Philippines. Remember, your PhilHealth contributions are not just deductions from your paycheck; they are investments in your and your family’s health and future.

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