OWWA, PhilHealth bare medical assistance program for OFWs

  • OWWA and PhilHealth launched the MEDPlus program for OFWs
  • The program will cater to the medical needs of OFWs who require long-term care
  • Those who qualify for the program may claim up to a total amount of P50,000 for the same type of illness

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) signed an agreement that will allow the two agencies to work together for a medical assistance program that will cater to the needs of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

In an article written by Rie Takumi for GMA News Online, it was disclosed that OWWA Administrator Rebecca Calzado and PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander Padilla jointly launched the MEDPlus program, which aims to provide for the needs of OFWs who are diagnosed with ailments that require long-term care.

“Chances are, those afflicted with these kinds of diseases can no longer work, or they can still work but they are not sure whether they can work continuously,” Calzado said.

The OWWA chief further adds, “If they’re found qualified, they can continue to claim up to a total amount of P50,000 for the same type of disease.”

Among the illnesses covered by MEDPlus are ecephalopathy, chronic kidney disease and ischemic heart disease with myocardial infarction, and 300 other medical and surgical procedures that OFWs may need.

“We will assign personnel in OWWA regional offices located in all 18 regions of the country to implement the MEDplus program,” OWWA director Albert Valenciano said; adding that the program will be in full-swing by the month of September or October this year.

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