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PIA Press Release
2010/01/07

Philhealth remittance-by-air enables individual members to pay premiums through texting

Tacloban City (January 7) -- Yes, Virginia, you heard it right. Philhealth's individually paying members may now pay their premiums without sweat, through texting.

The government-owned corporation recently launched the Remittance-by-Air, which provides a convenient way for individually-paying members to pay their premium through Smart and Talk n' Text prepaid mobile phones. This way, the members are able to save time and money because they are no longer required to go to the bank or visit a Philhealth office to pay their premium.

By sending the correct parameters, members can complete Philhealth payment transactions in the comfort of their homes or offices. This new scheme provides for a monthly premium payment which is now an added option to the regular quarterly, semi-annual or annual mode.

In order to complete a transaction, members must ensure that the mobile phone they are using has an existing credit of at least P115.

Members must type PHICPhilhealth identification number (PIN) [Ex. PHIC 120123456789] and send it to 7442. The system will send back the PIN with the corresponding name of the member for confirmation. If the name is correct, the member will be required to reply PHICYES to 7442. Upon completion of the transaction, the amount of P115 will be deducted from the member's phone load. P100 of the total amount will cover the premium for one month, while the remaining P15 will pay for transaction fee. The member will then receive a thank you note and the reference number as proof of payment. (PIA 8) [top]

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