Stop PhilHealth premium hike, High Court asked

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THE Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to stop Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) from increasing the premiums collected from members starting this year.

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The group asked the High Court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) that will halt the agency from implementing its planned premium hike.

The KMU said the increase, which will raise members’ minimum monthly contribution from P750 to P1,000, will be an added burden to workers.

“We are calling on the Supreme Court to stop this additional burden for workers who are already suffering from low wages and high prices. This premium hike is part of the government’s abandonment of its responsibility to subsidize health care,” Elmer Labog, the group’s chairman, said.

The labor leader also rejected the state health insurance agency’s excuse for the premium hike, saying the expansion of coverage and the improvement of the insurance corporation’s benefits should be shouldered by the government, not by members.

“The bonus-crazy board of Philhealth and the pork-crazy government of Aquino do not know how the poor suffer from growing poverty and hunger. They are not increasing premiums out of genuine concern for members but out of greed for funds to channel to the pockets of corrupt politicians and big capitalists,” he said.

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