How to Apply for PhilHealth ID and What are the Benefits

Having a PhilHealth ID makes it easier and faster to transact with PhilHealth especially if you need to file a claim or avail of benefits.

It is equally important as getting a Philhealth MDR or Member Data Record, although, you can file claims even with MDR alone.

Why wouldn’t you get a PhilHealth ID anyway?

It’s often overlooked by many PhilHealth members because they think it’s not a primary valid ID.

2 types of PhilHealth ID: 

  1. Regular PhilHealth Card
    • a paper ID that you can use when claiming inpatient or outpatient hospital benefits.
    • free of charge
    • can be used as a secondary ID or supporting document when transacting with government agencies and private institutions
  2. PhilHealth Insurance ID Card
    • a digitized ID issued to members in the Formal Economy and Informal Sector
    • ₱90 if no dependents declared
    • ₱358 if you want to declare a dependent for your ID card, but you must also present at least 2 valid IDs of your dependent. (If you get this ID at the mall, the price may be a little bit higher.)
    • can be used as a primary valid ID


Who can apply for a PhilHealth ID? 

Employed and unemployed individuals can apply for a PhilHealth ID, but first, you need to register as a PhilHealth member.

  • For employed, your HR officer will accomplish your PhilHealth membership
  • For unemployed and self-employed, you need to register as a Voluntary Member at the PhilHealth office.

Once you become a member of PhilHealth, you will have your own PhilHealth Number.

Then, you may start paying your premiums or contributions to SSS so that you can avail of the benefits when the time comes that you or your dependents get sick or hospitalized.

  • For employed, your contributions to PhilHealth are automatically deducted from your salary.
  • For unemployed and self-employed, you may pay your contributions at the PhilHealth office or at any accredited payment center.

Important: Don’t just pay your contributions when you are about to use it.

Remember, there are certain conditions before you can avail of PhilHealth benefits like you must have paid 6 or 9 months worth of contributions in the last 12 months.

If your PhilHealth contributions are not updated, you may not be able to avail of the benefits, thus, you will have to pay the amount that is supposed to be paid by PhilHealth when you get hospitalized.


How to Apply for the Regular PhilHealth ID Card

Step 1 – Fill out the Philhealth’s member registration form or PMRF (download here)

Step 2 – Submit the PMRF to the nearest PhilHealth office with the following required documents:

  • 2 pcs 1×1 latest ID picture
  • 2 valid IDs
  • Any other supporting documents that would be required by PhilHealth

Step 3 – This is free, no need to pay for the paper ID.

Step 4 – After your documents have been verified, you will be given your Member Data Record (MDR) and PhilHealth ID Card.


How to Apply for the New PhilHealth Insurance Card

The steps in applying for the new PhilHealth ID is almost the same as the regular ID.

Step 1 – Fill out the PhilHealth’s member registration form or PMRF (download here)

Step 2 – Submit the PMRF to the nearest PhilHealth office or kiosks with the following required documents:

  • 2 pcs 1×1 latest ID picture
  • 2 valid IDs
  • Photocopy of official receipts of premium payments to PhilHealth or any other documents indicating the months of premium payments to PhilHealth.
  • 2 valid IDs of your dependent (if you want to declare them in your ID card
    • For maximum benefits, I encourage you to declare your dependents, if you have any.

Step 3 – Pay ₱90 for regular ID or ₱358 if you declare your dependents.

Step 4 – Get your new ID and check if all the information on the ID are correct.

Why you should get the New PhilHealth ID 

The new PhilHealth ID card comes with a fee, but with all the benefits and perks that come with it, the price is all worth it.

  • Use your ID for faster transactions with PhilHealth
  • Use your ID as a valid ID when applying for another valid ID or document, opening a bank account, sending or receiving money, and more.
  • 15% discount on generic drugs on Watson’s, Rose Pharmacy, South Star Drug, and The Generics Pharmacy
  • 20% to 80% discount on flu vaccines on PQ Health Shield and GSK
  • Free eye exam from Vivian Sarabia Optical
  • 20% discount on regular items in Vivian Sarabia Optical
  • 10% discount on drug testing services at JNW Drug Testing sites

Sure, you can get the free PhilHealth ID, but if you want to take advantage of these additional benefits, you’ll never go wrong with the new PhilHealth ID for a small investment of only less than ₱400.

FAQs about PhilHealth ID 

Q: Is PhilHealth ID valid ID?

A: The PhilHealth Insurance ID card, the fully laminated photo ID card is acknowledged by all government agencies and all other establishments as a valid ID.

The PhilHealth regular ID card, the cardboard like ID card is not universally considered as a valid ID, only by a few government agencies and establishments.

Does PhilHealth ID expire?

A: No, it doesn’t expire. But you have to make sure that your PhilHealth contributions are updated so that you can continuously avail of PhilHealth Benefits.

Q: How can I replace my PhilHealth ID if I lost it?

A: Here’s how to replace your Philhealth ID:

  1. Go to PhilHealth Regional Office.
  2. Bring valid IDs to prove your identity and ask the PhilHealth officer for replacement.
  3. PhilHealth officer will process your application.
  4. Wait for 15-30 minutes, then you’re done you now have your PhilHealth Card.

Q: How can I get PhilHealth MDR?

A: You can view and download it online or you can get it from the Philhealth Office.

Q: What is PhilHealth Hotline or Contact Number?

A: You may contact Philhealth hotline at (02) 441-7442. You may visit the Philhealth Website for their services and announcements. Or you may visit the PhilHealth branches personally to inquire or process your transaction.


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  1. Thank you for sharing this info. This is very important especially for home based professionals like that of what we cater. We will be sharing this post in our Facebook Page.

    Maraming Salamat! 🙂

    • I’m glad this post helped. Yes please, I’d appreciate it if you could please share this to your friends too 🙂

  2. Arvee Velasco says

    Ask lang po..Online register na philhealth, pero tumatanggap pa rin po ba sila ng PMRF Form?

  3. Ask lang online resgiater na ang philhealth, pero tumatanggap pa rin ba sila ngayon ng PMRF Form?..salamat

  4. kat sabalburo says

    OCT 05, 2018: I am currently at Philhealth Office in Makati, Buendia trying to get a valid digitized ID. They said do not offer the Digitized ID to Unemployed/Self-Employed Voluntary Members. Only members who are employed in companies are given the option to get the valid digitized IDs by coordinating with their company’s HR. They said this is because their outsourced suppliers of the digitized ID requested they only make them in bulks of 50-100 IDs per transaction.

    Is there a way to get this valid government digitized ID?

    I hope someone can help us with this. Thank you.

  5. what if a member has a polio problem and wants to be a member of philhealth and how about if the person has a disabilities like deaf and dont know how to write???

  6. Kristine Joy Taburnal Sambog says

    I want to get a philhealth ID


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