What You Need to Know about MEDplus (Yes, It’s Medical Assistance for OFWs)

Do you have a medical insurance? If none, do you plan on getting one?

Many OFWs are wary of getting an insurance because either they don’t see the need to get one or they just don’t understand how it works. Sadly, there is a thing called “unfortunate incident” that could send you back home – and make it harder for you to go back to work again.

You can always turn to your savings, but what if you don’t have one or what you saved is not enough? In that case, you can turn to OWWA for help.

Get to Know MEDplus a Little Bit More

Sometime September 2015, the OWWA Board of Trustees approved a program allowing Overseas Filipino Workers to receive additional medical assistance from OWWA. On June 2, 2016, OWWA and Philhealth signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) implementing the Supplemental Medicinal Assistance Program for OFWs or MEDplus.

What is MEDplus?

This program aims to provide one-time medical or financial assistance for OFWs, thereby supplementing the benefits provided for by Philhealth. It is available to active OWWA and Philhealth members who are diagnosed with or subsequently hospitalized as a result of a dreaded disease, whether in the Philippines or in the country where you are working.

This program will be implemented throughout the 18 regional offices all over the Philippines. It can be availed of by OFWs themselves or qualified dependent/s in the Philippines in case of death or OFW is still abroad.

What can you get from MEDplus?

  • The amount for financial assistance will not exceed P50,000 per member for one dreaded disease.
  • Supplements the existing benefits of Philhealth and shall cover medical and surgical procedures for such dreaded disease. This means aside from what you can get from Philhealth, you can get an additional P50,000 medical assistance.
  • Subsequent availment of financial assistance is allowed, as long as it doesn’t exceed the P50,000 limit and it will be used for the same dreaded disease originally applied for.

How can you apply for MEDplus?

You must submit the following requirements at the nearest OWWA Regional Office:

  • Duly accomplished MEDplus application form
  • Original copy of Philhealth Benefit Payment Notice (BPN), which shows actual payments made by Philhealth regarding your confinement or availment
  • One passport-size picture
  • Proof of OWWA membership contribution
  • Waiver from the claimant allowing OWWA to access Philhealth records for MEDplus purposes
  • Medical record and Statement of Account in case OFW is confined overseas
  • Special Power of Attorney (SPA) executed by OFW if OFW is abroad and the claimant is next-of-kin.
  • If OFW is dead, claimant must submit authenticated Death Certificate of OFW and marriage or birth certificate to prove relationship to the OFW

Take note of the requirement, dreaded disease. This means your condition must be categorized as a dreaded disease in order to avail of this benefit.

The MEDplus can be a good way to help you augment medical bills. Still, take note that claiming this benefit may take some time. This is why it is advisable to save as much as you can to make sure you have something to rely on in case of emergency or give us a call and let’s talk about how Balikbayad can help you with your cashflow needs.

153 Replies to “What You Need to Know about MEDplus (Yes, It’s Medical Assistance for OFWs)”

  1. GOOD day.
    I am Ofw recently working at Saudi Arabia for 5 years and 3 months arrival here in pinas last 18 day of july 2017, my employer sent me back here in the Philippines due medical test failure about my health. I have one kind of dreaded disease problem in my health, I am active member to owwa and philheath. Can I avail to MEDplus?
    Please kindly response my massage..
    Thank you so much and merry Christmas to all.

    1. Hello Darren. We’re sorry to hear about your health. Nonetheless, we suggest that you submit the requirements asked for in order for OWWA to process your MEDplus application. We cannot guarantee approval since this will be OWWA’s discretion na. Thanks and merry Christmas to you as well!

      1. Mam/sir good day i am a ofw for 12 years as a seaferear recently im extending my vacation beacause of my medical condition i have done a surgery of apendectomy i want to ask mam/sir if i can avail ota MED plus.pls kindly responce my massage thank you

        1. Hello Lendon. Unfortunately, Philhealth suspended the issuance of MEDplus. We’re not sure what happened, but we do hope they’ll return it since madami din po ang umaasa dito sa additional medical assistance.

  2. Hello! My husband was an ex-OFW and was sent back home in 2009 due to TB. He has not left the country since then. A yr ago he had a stroke. Will he be qualified under this program?

    1. Hello Janice. Sorry to hear about your husband’s situation. Your husband may avail of MEDPlus if he is still an active member of both OWWA and Philhealth. This is a requirement needed in order to qualify for the medical assistance.

  3. I am an OFW and OWWA MEMBER.My son got sick and underwent appendectomy surgery.Can I avail of medical assistance from OWWA as My son is one of my dependents?Thank you and kind regards.

    1. Hello. From our understanding, MEDplus is for the OFW-Philhealth member only. We’re not sure if they will extend the benefit to the member’s dependents. You may reach out to OWWA directly though this number – 0917-548-0033 Thanks!

      1. This is not true I went today at owwa Pasay they said that they stop the medical health assistance last June 20 2018 they advise me to call back after a month if the medical assistance will back 😪😂 I’m 8yrs active member of owwa I’m very disappointed hahahah ako itong nag sisikap at nag papakabait sa ibang bansa tapos ngaun Wala pala ako mahihingin na assistance from owwa why???bcs my situation is not broadcast at social media?or maybe I’m advance thinking Lang

        1. Hi Yhen! Yes, we heard from other OFWs as well and they said that medical assistance is no longer offered – for now. Perhaps, there were budgetary concerns, which is why this program was temporarily suspended. We’re not sure as well as to what happened and when they will offer MEDplus again. We’re sorry about this.

          1. Good eve maam.just want to ask, since MEDplus is currently suspended.may i ask,how can we or is there any other way for OWWA to assist OFWs/used to (since they can no longer work back due to dreaded desease).OWWA’s Financial assistance is the only way our government can help OFWs.
            Just asking maam.

          2. Hi Jaymilyn. Another option would be the comprehensive insurance. You can ask your agency regarding this since required ito for all OFWs.

    2. gusto ko po sana magtanong dahil nangangailangan po ako ng malaking tulong. ako po ay isang ofw dito sa qatar, at ang aking ina ay may malubhang sakit. saan po ba ako maaaring lumapit para makahingi ng tulong. Ang aking ina ay nagkaroon ng kidney failure at namamaga ang kanyang puso kaya hindi maisagawa ang operasyon. sana mabigyan nyo ako ng impormasyon
      salamat!

      1. Hi Brynt. Ikinalulungkot po namin ang kondisyon ng inyong ina. Ngunit, ang MEDplus ay para po sa OFW lamang at hindi kami sigurado kung maaari itong maipasa sa kamag-anak. Ang OWWA benefits na maaaring maipasa sa family members ay limited lamang sa education assistance. Have you tried applying for a personal loan? Mayroon po mga loan facilities na exclusive for OFWs na maaaring masubukan para matulungan po kayo sa gastos. Praying for your mother’s recovery.

        1. Mapagpalang Araw po! Ako po ay 5 taon nag-trabaho sa Malaysia pagkatapos po nang aking contract noong 2016.Ako po ay nagtrabaho sa Taiwan noon 2017doon napo ako nagkasakit 6 na buwan lamang ako doon dahil pinauwi ako ng company namin ng sapilitan kahit na akoy nag gagot pa. Mula po noon sinubukan ko pong mag aplay ulit pero hindi po ako makapasa sa medical. Hihingi po sana ako ng tulong dahil sa pag kakasakit ko wala rin akong naipon. Maari po ba akong mag aplay ng medical assistance nyo sa owwa hawak ko po ang mga hospital bills at mga reseta ko pero hindi po ako kinoconfine at wala rin silang ni release na findings dahil hindi pa kasi ako tapos sa mga check up ko nung pinauwi ako ng company namin. Dito po ako nagpatuloy mag gamot sa pinas. Pwede na po ba iyon ipasa?. Sana po matulungan nyo ako, ako lang po inaasahan samin then saddenly it was happened. Please Advise. Thanks

          1. Hi Jen! We’re sorry to read about this but for now, Philhealth stopped issuing medical assistance. Hindi po kami sigurado kung ano ang nangyari o kung ibabalik pa po nila ito. Maaari po kasi nagkaproblema sa budget kaya for now, wala po muna MEDplus.

  4. Hello… i am ex ofw from taiwan, my employer sent me back to the philippines because i have dreaded disease… if i will claim my owwa insurance, can i still claim the medplus or philhealth insurance?

    1. Hello Gercelyn. We’re sorry to hear about what happened. May we know if you are also an active member of Philhealth and OWWA? If yes, you can avail of MEDplus by submitting the requirements indicated in this post. To guide you better, you can contact Philhealth directly at 441-7442 or 441-7444. We hope you get better!

  5. Hello po,Pno po kung yung ofw ay nandun sa bansang pinagtatrabahuhan nya ngpapagamot.
    Ndi po ngbbgy ung hospital ng kopya ng medical records, at bukod sa nkasulat pa sa Chinese yun.
    Na diagnosed po kc n my breast cancer at kasalukuyang ngpapachemo po sya,nsa 48,000 po kada session ng chemo ksi ndi po nya kinakaya yung chemo na may side effects.
    Kya yung chemo na walang side effects po Yung inavail nya.
    Kso nga lang po Mahal po bayad kada session.
    Kya namomroblema sa gastos

    1. Hello Theresa. Ano pa ang relasyon ninyo sa OFW na nasa ibang bansa? Pinakamaganda po gawin ay lumapit na sa Philippine Embassy for repatriation upang makabalik na dito sa Pilipinas ang nasabing OFW. Mas madali po siya matutulungan ng ating gobyerno kung maipagbigay-alam ang kanyang kondisyon. Mapapadali din po ang pag-proseso ng medical assistance kung nasa Pilipinas na. Gayunpaman, dapat ang OFW ay member din ng Philhealth upang ma-avail ang MEDplus. Salamat.

  6. Im a seafarer and a member of owwa. I had retinal detachment when i went home for vacation. I had eye surgery last oct 6 2017. Can i still avail of this medical assistance? I cannot join the ship bec my vision is not ok yet. Thank you…

    1. Hello Carol. We’re sorry to hear about your condition. May we know if you are also a member of Philhealth? this is also another requirement to avail MEDplus. If yes, you can submit your MEDplus application form at the OWWA office near you to process the medical assistance.

      1. Yes I am also a Philhealth member i was able to used it during my surgery. It’s been 3 months now since i had the surgery im just wondering if i still qualified for medplus…thank you.

  7. Im Rizalina de Roxas,isa po akong ofw umuwi po ako nung aug 28 .2017 .but meron n po akong bagong contarata pabalim sa kuwaut but hnd n pi ako nakaalis kasi po kailangan po akong operahan.kasi my mayoma po ako.so pag dating ko ng pinas nag pacheck agad ako so .ang findings mo.ooperahan po ako aalisin po ang matris ko.gusto ko lng po itanong .kung may makukuha po b akong tulong mula sa owwa

    1. Hello Rizalina. Ikinalulungkot po namin ang nangyari. Maaari po tumulong ang OWWA as long as ma-submit din po ninyo ang mga requirements na hinihingi (which is enumerated sa post na ito). Dapat din po ay miyembro kayo ng PAG_IBIG para ma-avail ang medical assistance.

      1. Hello po ako po ay isang ofw galing po ng saudi for 2 years . Dati din po ako seaferer! Ngayun po nag apply po ulit ako seaman . Pro di po ako makaalis dahil merun akong kidney stone na dapat tanggalin bago ako makaalis ..kailangan kailangan ko po ngmedical assistance ng owwa! Wlang wala napo ako mapagkunan ng pangpa opera.. kailangan kailangan ko po ang tulong ng OWWA …!! Pls. Need your help!!

        1. Hi Darcy! Miyembro din po ba kayo ng Philhealth? Kinakailangan ang Philhealth membership upang ma-avail ang medical assistance. Hindi po kami sigurado kung ano ang patakaran ng OWWA/Philhealth sa mga dating OFWs na nais magtrabaho abroad, but we suggest po muna na i-update ang contributions and confirm with OWWA if qualified po kayo (551-1560). Salamat!

  8. Hello po, I am an OFW and OWWA MEMBER. Ng bakasyon po ako sa pilipinas and unluckily i underwent appendectomy surgery during my vacation last January. Nakabalik na po ako ngayon sa work and naka avail din po ako ng Philhealth benefits, but still malaki pa din ang nabayaran ko sa hospital bill. Can I still avail medical assistance (reimbursement) from OWWA? Thank you and God bless.

    1. Hi Marie. We’re sorry to hear about what happened to you, but good to know you are back at work and in good shape 🙂 Are you a member of Philhealth as well? Also, updated po ang inyong contributions? If yes, pwede po kayo maka-avail ng MEDplus 🙂 Thanks!

  9. Hello po ako po ay OFW sa Saudi, tanong ko lang po sana kung covered din po ba kahit hindi dreaded disease although I was diagnosed by refered case and serious condition (peroneal nerve entrapment) , active OWWA member po ako kaya lang hindi po kasi updated ang payment ko sa philhealth.

    1. Hi Herbie. We are sorry to hear about your condition. What you can do po is to update your Philhealth contributions upang ma-avail ang medical assistance na makakatulong sa inyong treatment. Hoping for your recovery!

  10. Magandang araw po,may makukuha po bang medical assistance from owwa?naoperahan po kuya ko last year 2017 sa dubai spinal chord pinauwi po sya at dito sa PGH sabi ng doktor ay uulitin daw ang opera,active member po sya ng owwa at philhealth.salamat po

    1. Hello JM. We’re sorry to hear about what happened to your kuya. Please assist him in submitting the documents required in order to avail of the medical assistance and para ma-release na ang money to help in the operation.

  11. I am currently an active member of both OWWA and Philhealth. I am in need of surgery that causes me anemia due to bleeding. Can I qualify for Medplus as well as Philhealth at the same time? Where should I apply since I am still abroad?

    1. Hi Marina. As long as the contributions for both OWWA and Philhealth, yes, you can apply for medical assistance. You can submit the documents at any OWWA Regional Office (OWWA also has branches overseas) to process MEDPlus. You can also check the Philippine Embassy in the country where you’re working since mayroon po desk ng OWWA doon. Thanks and hope you’ll feel better!

  12. Hi po may tanong po ako mag 3yrs na po ako naka uwi d2 sa pinas galing dubai nag ka sakit po kc ako ng lukemia ongoing pa po ang chemotherapy ko..ang prob po d ako naka bayad sa philhealth ung philhealth ng asawa ko ang ginagamit ko..pero meron ako owwa certificate…salamat po

    1. Hello Erwin. We’re sorry to hear about this. Apparently, dapat po under your name ang Philhealth and OWWA para po mag-qualify since kayo po ang mag-aavail ng medical assistance. Praying for your recovery.

  13. Hi.. i just want to ask if i can avail mediplus, i am ex abroad for 2 yr and last check with my status in owwa i am a member twice, i applied again for work abroad last october and they offered me salary but then when i finished my medical they saw on my neck that needs to undergo surgery now im still pending on my medical.. i am member of philhealth and recently i paided it.. do i have the chance to avail in mediplus? Cuss i still want to work back abroad.. thank you

    1. Hi Michelle. It is important po that both OWWA and Philhealth contributions are updated to be able to avail of this medical assistance. We’re not sure as well if the medical assistance could cover “former OFWs,” so we suggest that you confirm this directly with Philhealth (441-7442 | 7444) or OWWA (8917601 local 5401 / 5402 / 5403 / 5418)

  14. Kailangan ko po nang medical assistance ng OWWApang pa opera ng kidney stone ko po! D po ako makaalis hanngat d po na operahan ! Wla napo akong ivang malapitan o mapag kunan ng pang gastos.. tulungan nyo po ako .kung ano gagawin ko!!

  15. My father is in Saudi for almost 35 yrs..he is 64 yrs old, diabetic and high blood taking a lot of maintenance medication. He is not a member of philhealth but an active member of owwa…can he claim for the benefits?

    1. HI Liza. To avail of medical assistance, it is required that the person availing it is a member of both OWWA and Philhealth. We suggest that you update the contributions of your father to avail of MEDplus. Also, the assistance requires “dreaded disease,” so it is best to confirm this with Philhealth (https://www.philhealth.gov.ph/about_us/map/regional.htm) if your father’s condition falls under this category. Thanks!

  16. isa po akong seafarer at member ng philhealth at owwa..unluckily ngayong vacation ko kinailangan ko mag undergo ng surgery tonsillectomy..pwede po ba ako makapag avail ng Medplus

    1. Hi Avigail. Yes, you can avail of MEDplus as long as updated po ang contribution for both Philhealth and OWWA. Please submit the documents required (indicated in this post) so that Philhealth can process the medical assistance. Hope you feel better!

  17. gud day…
    nag saudi po aq dati at owwa member po aq…it was 2009…mangyari po ngkasakit po aq at na confined last dec. 28, 2017 up to jan. 12, 2017 at mlaki din po ngastos namin…pwd po b aq hmingi ng medical assistance? kc ung kakilala q po nkakuha kht 10,000
    eh mlaking tlong po un sakin kc until now deretso p din medications q…
    sna po masagot ktanungan q tnx
    09460147265

    1. Hi Benjie. We’re sorry to hear about this, but may we know what happened? One of the qualifications is “dreaded disease” so dapat po pasok ang inyong naging karamdaman upang mag-qualify sa medical assistance.

  18. good day po. i am an ex-ofw. never availed any benefits from owwa. i believe i am still a member, though inactive. member of philhealth but under a new local employment. recently, undergone major surgery like cholecystectomy. am i eligible to receive that medical assistance from MEDPlus? Thanks for answering.

    1. Hello Jo. MEDplus is exclusive po for both active OWWA and Philhealth members. Also, the “disease” must also be classified as a “dreaded disease” under Philhealth list. If you meet po these requirements, then you can avail po of the one-time financial assistance. Since inactive OWWA member na po kayo, then apologies but you might not be able to qualify po. Nonetheless, it is best to confirm this with Philhealth (https://www.philhealth.gov.ph/about_us/map/regional.htm) Thanks!

  19. Hi, i am an active member of OWWA and Pilhealth. I have a mesenteric cyst and its been with me for 3 yrs. i need to undergo surgery to out the cyst since my stomach is getting bigger and bigger. i will have my vacation this july 2018. i plan to have the surgery during this vacation time. can i avail of the MEDplus?
    thank you and more power

    1. Hello Eunelfa. We’re sorry to hear about this. In order to qualify for the medical assistance, your condition must also be classified as a “dreaded disease” by Philhealth. Unfortunately, we don’t know what conditions are under this category since the website merely said “4,600 medical and surgical procedures.” We suggest po that you contact them directly (https://www.philhealth.gov.ph/about_us/map/regional.htm) to know if you are qualified. Hoping for a speedy recovery!

  20. Hi po! Good day! I have some questions lang po…nag apply po ako ng medical assistance at nakuha ko na po ung cheque kahapon lang. to my surprise bakit po 8k lang ang ibinigay samantalang active po ako both OWWA and Philhealth since Feb. 2005…at ngaun ko lang po ginamit ang OWWA ko, 12 yearspo ako sa abroad at umuwi ako this March 2017 dahil po nagsara company ko. Naoperahan po ako last Jan. 22, 2018 kaya ako nag applyng medical assistance fromyour good office kasi po malaki ang binayaran ko sa operasyon almost 100k at ng expect akona kahitman lang 20% ang maibi2gay ng OWWA sa binayaran dahilaa poakong work until now. May i know kung paano po nyo kinocompute ang pagbibigay nyo ng medical assistance? At pwede ko pa din ire- apply ito kasi po kulang na kulang po ang financial help na ibinigay ng OWWA provided na ngaun ko lang po ginamit ang OWWA medical assistance. Thank you in advance and Godbless.

    1. Hi Mary Ann! Apologies but we are not sure as to how Philhealth computes this. It could be based on your monthly income, amount of contribution, or the nature of your disease. As of now, Philhealth stopped issuing MEDplus for unknown reasons. We’re not sure din po kung kailan ito maibabalik o kung maibabalik pa.

  21. Good day..ask ko lang po kung makaka avail mo ba ng reimbursment ang naoperahan (torn ligament they put 2 rotators)nung sept.2017 sa ibang bansa KSA..active member po cya ng OWWA MEDplus at PHILHEALTH..nkbalik na po cya sa saudi at nagta trabaho na po uli pero tuloy pa fin ang therapy nya doon.Salamat po

  22. Dati po akong OFW sa KSA nagresign po ako nung april 2017. Nakidney transplant po ako etong march 2018. Active po ang contribution ko sa philhealth at member din ng OWWA dati. May maavail po ba akong benepisyo kahit ex saudi na at wala na po ung mga resibo ng OWWA payment?.

    1. Hello Snow! Yes, you can try parin po by submitting the requirements as stated in this post. Pero kinakailangan po kasi din maipakita ang proof of OWWA contribution upang ma-verify ang inyong status as OFW.

  23. Hi po ask ko lang kasi ang ttay ko po ay ofw sa saudi ngaun po nastroke po sya ask ko lang po kung makkapagavail po sya ng medplus? Ilang months po ba ang dapat hulog sa philhealth para makapagavail po ng medplus?

    1. Hello Elyn! Philhealth membership is mandatory naman po as soon as nag-apply ng work ang iyong father. We’re not sure kung mayroon required number of monthly contributions. Nonetheless, maaari parin po ninyo subukan by submitting the requirements stated in this post. We hope that your father gets better.

  24. OFW ako noon Sept. ’86 after 3 months bumalik ako sa pinas kc hindi tama ang work assignment ko (Jubail) then nag start ulit ako ng 1990 medicare pa noon, humingi ako ng record at binigyan naman ako ng Philhealth start sya ng Jan. 2006 hanggang 2016 June. gusto ko itanong kung saan napunta yung contribution ko nung Medicare pa lang nagtanong na rin ako sa Philhealht ipinasa ako sa SSS, sumagot ang SSS at itanong ko daw uli sa Philhealht, medyo magulo di po ba at kung 118 total months nakabayad lifetime na po ba member ang OFW nang philhealth at hindi na kailangang magbayad pa.

    1. Hello Willie! Did Philhealth acquire Medicare? If yes, dapat absorbed na and continuous parin ang contributions mo to be able to enjoy the benefits from Philhealth. We’re not aware if there is such thing as “lifetime member” po since we are not Philhealth as well. Apologies if we cannot fully help you on this situation.

  25. Magandang araw po,may roon lang po akong katanungan tungkol po sa tatay kong si Renante B. Galang.Nag abroad po kasi sya taong 1997 tapos taong 1999 october sya po ay inatake sa puso at nagka mild stroke at isang buwan syang na confine sa Dammam Saudi Arabia at pgkatapos nun ay inuwi sya sa pilipinas nang hindi pa nakakarecover at naconfine po sya sa ibat ibang ospital dito sa pilipinas at dahil sa pagkastroke nagkaron sya ng Heart disease kaya po ngayon di na sya makapagtrabaho, Meron po ba syang makukuhang medical assistant dahil sya ay isang PWD na? Salamat

    1. Hi John Paul. Ikinalulungkot namin malaman ang nangyari sa iyong ama. Maaari po ba namin malaman kung miyembro siya ng OWWA at Philhealth? Isa kasi ito sa mga requirements upang maka-avail ng medical assistance. Hindi po namin sigurado kung ano po ang medical assistance available, but have you checked with SSS as well?

      1. Ma’am member po sya ng OWWA at ang sabi nya daw pagdating sa philhealth mama ko ang meron kasi sa mag asawa daw po isa lang ang pwede. Maraming salamat po sa pag sagot sa katanungan.

        1. magandang araw po ma’am ayon po sa papa ko meron din po daw syang SSS. Ano po kaya ang makukuha nyang medical assistance?

  26. I am a seaferer an OWWA and PHILHEALTH member, our company paying my monthly PHILHEALTH contribution if I am onboard. I signed off November 29, 2017 and scheduled to sign on February 30, 2018 but unfortunately the result of my Pre-Employment Medical Examination was pending due to my HBV DNA results is DETECTED and must be UNDETECTED in order to be FIT TO WORK. According to the Doctor needs six (6) months medication and HVA DNA test and very expensive. Almost five (5) months without contributions I am still qualify to avail MedPlus? Thank You. Roger

    1. Hello Rogelio! It is required po that you are a member of both Philhealth and OWWA, which also means the contribution must be updated. Also, the disease must be among the list of “dreaded disease” classified by Philhealth themselves. We’re not sure lang po if your condition is classified as a dreaded disease so it is best to confirm this with Philhealth as well.

  27. Hi,
    I would like to inquiry regarding my situation. I was OFW for 5years(2012-2017) in Abu Dhabi UAE due to my health condition(had nervous breakdown). I resigned. I would like to ask po kung ano benefits ang pwede ko makuha? My OWWA and Philhealth din po ako
    Thank you po

    1. Hi Millet! One of the requirements is “dreaded disease.” Philhealth has a list of medical conditions considered as dreaded disease and we’re not sure if your medical condition is classified under this.

  28. Gud Pm po. Hi I’m active member of OWWA at Philhealth. isa po aq seaman. napauwi po aq last October dahil naoperahan aq ng appendicitis sa Korea. meron po b aq makukuha na medplus? salamat po

    1. Hi Edgar! We’re sorry to hear about this situation. Regarding the medical assistance, Philhealth came up with a list of “dreaded diseases” which will be covered by MEDplus. We suggest po that you confirm “appendicitis” if part po sya ng classification so you can avail of this benefit.

  29. Hi Ask ko lng po f I can still avail Medical assistant from owwa. My son is now in the hospital. I’m ex abroad im active member both owwa and philhealth. 6yrs. Po ako sa abroad.hongkong. kakarenew ko lng po ng pang apat na contract nong nlman ng employer ko na mag-aasawa na ako terminated agad ako. Pina uwi ako kinabukasan sa pinas. Nangyari yon December 24 2016 umuwi ako dto sa pinas Pero bayad na ako sa owwa ko. Hope mam mka avail p rin ako. Need ko tlga mam.

    1. Hi Mildred! As of now, nakastop na daw po ang pagbibigay ng MEDplus. We’re thinking its due to budgetary concerns and we’re not sure din po kung kailan ito maibabalik o kung ibabalik pa.

  30. Isa po akong active member ng Philhealth at Owwa. Na kasalukuyang nakabakasyon sa Pilipinas, sa kasawiang palad ako po ay naaksidente at naoperahan sa kanang braso. Gusto ko lang pong malaman kung maavail ko po ba yung Medplus ng Owwa. Maraming salamat sa pagreply.

    1. Hi Ruby. Ikinalulungkot po naman ang nangyari. For now, temporarily suspended ang issuance ng MEDPlus. Is the accident a work-related accident? You can apply for Disability benefit (up to P100K) to help augment the fees. Make sure you submit the following:
      – Foreign medical certificate
      – Medical certificate issued by the local attending physician with medical examination procedure. (e.g X-ray, MRI, CT Scan)
      – Accident Report/Master’s Report for sea-based OFW

      Hope this helps!

  31. Hi po. Isa ping ofw ang mama ko owwa member. Umuwi po xa dito last September kaso po d xa nkabalik agad sa dubai kasi ngkaroon po xa deep vein thrombosis. Na confine po xa ng 5days. At malaki po nagastos namin sa kanyang mga gamot. Ask ko lang po kung may makukuha ba xang benefits. Salamat.

    1. Hi Joejalyn! We’re sorry to hear about this. Have you tried claiming with the insurance? All OFWs have comprehensive insurance coverage, which you can take advantage of in cases like this. As of now, temporarily suspended ang issuance ng MEDplus.

  32. owwa member ang mother ko pero wala siyang philhealth kc magmemember sana siya kaso ayaw nila sa philhealth office since beneficiary daw sya ng father ko na ofw din.Nag insist po ako na imember sya pero madi dismember daw sya sa beneficiary ng father ko e kailangan nya na gamitin kc nga nai schedule na operation sa kanya. umuwi po siya at na diagnosed siya ng anemia. ngayon nmn po ay hysterectomy po ang cause ng surgery niya. makakakuha po kaya kami ng medical assistance sa owwa?

  33. Hi, Good day.

    I was an OFW before. i went home lat August 2013.
    Im an active member of philhealth but not in OWWA.. I have a CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE. I became HYPETENSIVE WHEN IWAS THERE AT SAUDI. now i am advised to undergto DIALYSIS. Can i apply for MED plus.?

    1. Hi there! MEDplus requires active membership for both Philhealth and OWWA. Even if you are an active member now, unfortunately, issuance of MEDplus is temporarily suspended. We’re not sure kung kelan po ito maibabalik. Have you contacted your recruitment agency? You can claim po through the comprehensive insurance, which is required for all OFWs.

  34. Hi gud day po!!! Dito po ako nag work sa Dubai nagkaroon po uli ako ng kidney stone kaya nagdecide muna ako mag resign sa work pangatlong beses na kasi umulit may kamahalan po ang procedure na gagawin maari po ba akong maka avail ng medical assistance ?? Salamat po.

    1. Hi Bugoy! We’re sorry to hear about your condition. Unfortunately, wala na po ini-issue na medical assistance si Philhealth. Hindi din po kami siguarado kung kailan ito maibabalik.

  35. Good day po, mag tatanong po sana ako about sa med assistance, kasi po yung bayaw ko nag abroad po nung 2010-2016, yung owwa certificate nya august 2014 until august 2016 po, ngyon po naoperahan po sya ng acute appendicitis kasi pumutok po last april 2018, may kakukuha po ba syang med assistance? Nagastos po kasi nmin sa pag opera nya is 160k dahil wala po syang philhealth, tha ks

    1. Hi John. One of the requirements to avail of MEDplus is Philhealth membership. If hindi po member, maaari po hindi ma-accommodate ang inyong application for medical assistance.

  36. Hello po, im working ofw in 3yrs from now, im going to have minor surgery in both ears. Meron po ba ako makukuha na medplus? If meron man, paano po
    Salamat

    1. Hi Tarra! Philhealth has a list of dreaded diseases and we are not sure if minor surgery in both ears is qualified. If you are also an active member of OWWA and Philhealth, then you might be qualified. You can confirm this with Philhealth – (+632) 441-7442

  37. hello po ask ko lang po kung pwede po ako makapag avail ng med plus. mron po akong ovarian cancer dati po akong ofw last yr. lng po ako umuwi active po ung phil health at member po ako ng owwa..?

    1. Hi Ruby! We’re sorry to hear about your condition. As much as Philhealth wants to help, the MEDplus benefit is suspended. We’re not sure kung kelan po ito ibabalik o kung maibabalik pa. Pasensya na po and praying for your recovery.

  38. Hello po,,ako po si Marlon B. Guanlao OFW from saudi arabia for 4 yrs and 6 months,natapos ko po ung 2 kontrata ko itong 3rd contract ko po ay 6 months lng ako dahil umuwi ako ng pilipinas dahil nagkaron ako ng bukol sa leeg at 4 months ako nag suffer ng pananakit ng ulo july 2017 ako umalis papuntang saudi then december 2017 ng tumubo ang bukol sa leeg ko january 8 2018 umuwi ako ng pilipinas ng nagpacheck up ako hindi lng pala sa leeg bukol ko sa likod ng ilong at lumalaki ito sa ngaun ay 6.0cm nadamay na din po ang left eye ko “naduling”, left ear “humina pandinig” at napaos na po boses ko…ang problema ko po ay ilang bwan ng hindi nahulugan philhealth ko paano po ako makakahingi ng financial support sa OWWA?? Thanks….Godbless…

    1. Hi Marlon! Kamusta na po kayo? Pasensya na po ngunit suspended na po ang pag-issue ng Philhealth ng MEDplus or medical assistance. Praying for your recovery po.

    1. Hi Rafael. Below are the requirements:
      Duly accomplished MEDplus application form
      Original copy of Philhealth Benefit Payment Notice (BPN), which shows actual payments made by Philhealth regarding your confinement or availment
      One passport-size picture
      Proof of OWWA membership contribution
      Waiver from the claimant allowing OWWA to access Philhealth records for MEDplus purposes
      Medical record and Statement of Account in case OFW is confined overseas
      Special Power of Attorney (SPA) executed by OFW if OFW is abroad and the claimant is next-of-kin.
      If OFW is dead, claimant must submit authenticated Death Certificate of OFW and marriage or birth certificate to prove relationship to the OFW

  39. Hello po x abroad po ako ng 2years sa singapore bale ngeon po dito po ako sa hongkong 6months ko palang po balak ko umuwi continue ung medication ko nagkaroon po kasi ako ng streptococcal septicemia..meron po ba ako makukuha na medplus?paano po ba..salamat..Godbless

    1. Hi Rosalyne. ikinalulungkot po namin ipaalam na wala na daw po MEDplus mula sa Philhealth. Hindi din po namin alam kung kelang magkakaroon ulit. Hoping for your recovery!

  40. Hi po, ask ko lang if me makuha ba akong reimbursement sa operation ko sa sinus? OFW po ako at active OWWA-Philhealth at nagbakasyon lang para magpa opera sa nasal polyps at sinus. Medyo malaki din kasi ang nagastos at nauubos savings namin ni misis sa operation. Salamat po

    1. Hello Joseph! Mayroong allowed diseases list si Philhealth, which sadly, we don’t have a copy. You may contact Philhealth regarding this and ask if the said condition may be covered by MEDplus. If yes, then make sure to submit all requirements para mapabilis ang pag-process ng inyong medical assistance.

  41. Mam/Sir bakit po pinatigil ang medical assistant para sa mga ofw, nagpasa po kasi ang sabi mo nila d na muna po daw tatangap ng mga nag aaply po para sa medical assistant sa calamba po ako nagpasa kasi po taga rizal ako mababalik po ba ulit kaya ang medical para sa mga ofw pangkalahatan po ba ang pagpapatigil ng medical assisitant sana po ibalik po nila at malaking bagay po sa amin yun tnx po sana po malaman namin kung kelan po ulit sila tatangap ng mga nag aaply para sa medical assistant

    1. Hi Edward! Ikinalulungkot namin malaman ito. Isa po sa mga rason kung bakit tinigil ay baka po sa budget. Mayroon alloted budget for the medical assistance. Kapag naubos na ang alloted budget for that, then hindi na po muna makakapagbigay ng medical assistance. Hindi po namin alam kung kailan muli tatanggap ang Philhealth.

  42. totoo po ba na stop ang medical assistance ng owwa? pumunta ako kani a sa office nila sa pasay gil puyat un ang sabi nila.. salamat sa sasagot

    1. Hi Deo! We’re not sure, although we got several feedback from other OFWs and said that Philhealth is no longer accepting applications for MEDplus.

  43. kung stop na po cya for awhile tapos nag ka schedule na kami seafarer back to work pwede pa rin b ito makuha pag uwi namin??????

    1. Hi Deo! As long updated ang OWWA and Philhealth contributions, you can qualify for this benefit. Unfortunately, MEDplus is temporarily suspended and we’re not sure when this will be offered again.

  44. Good day mam/sir I’m hiyasin nollido a former ofw I’m arrived in Philippines last May 12, 2018. I’m now in hospital And undergo A operation for ectopic pregnancy. Please let me know if I can avail the medical assistance from OWWA?

    1. Hi Hiyasin! Several OFWs shared that Philhealth is no longer accepting MEDplus applications. Perhaps, there were budgetary concerns kaya they stopped accepting applications already. We’re sorry.

  45. Hello po….nahospitalised ako last june 2018, gusto ko po sanang kumuha ng medical refund kaya lang expired ung owwa membership ko.

    1. Hi Marvin! Unfortunately, Philhealth is no longer offering medical assistance for OFWs. We’re sure what happened, although we think there could be budgetary concerns that’s why they stopped accepting applicants. Do you still have existing employment contract? If your contract hasn’t expired yet, you can make monetary claims from your recruitment agency since mayroon kayo compulsory insurance.

  46. Hello po ofw po ako from singapore..nahospitalized po ako last june 2018, gusto ko po sana malaman kung qualified po ako s medical claim kahit expired ung owwa membership ko..

    1. Hi Marvin! We’re sorry to hear about this. Unfortunately, Philhealth is no longer accepting MEDplus applications as shared by other OFWs.

  47. Good day..
    Question lng po.. Pano po ba mssbing actibe member dpt ng owwa at philhealth??? Sorry for the question gsto q lng na mas malinawan.. Kylangn po kse ng tulong ng Owwa.. Daddy q isang ofw sa jeddah umuwi sya dto dhl nagkskit sya after 3yrs na nagtrabho sya doon.. Pero hnd kme mkhingi ng tulong sa inyo (owwa).. Dhil hnd ndw sya active. Pno yun ngyri?? Ty in advanve..

    1. Hi Rona! Kinakailangan po na continuous ang pagbabayad ng membership contribution sa OWWA at Philhealth para ma-classify po kayo as active member at ma-enjoy ang benefits bilang OFW. Salamat po!

  48. hello po good day.may katanungan po ako tungkol sa kapatid ko na nasa korea kasalukuyan po sya naka confine sa hospital dahil sa low blood sya at lagi syang nahihilo nung finding nya ay may infection daw po sya sa dugo.dalawang beses na po sya naadmit s isang buwan at lagi sya nahihilo at nagcocollapse..at sarili din po nya ang gastos sa hospital..ngaun po sana ay gusto na nya umuwi para dito magpagamot . tanong ko lang po kung anu ang gagawin nya para maka avail sya ng tulong sa owwa.

    1. Hi. We’re sorry to hear about what happened sa inyong kapatid. Maaari po kayo makipag-coordinate with the agency na nag-process ng deployment ng inyong kapatid. Lahat po ng OFWs ay may compulsory insurance na maaaring gamitin ng OFW. Ikinalulungkot po namin ngunit temporarily suspended po ang medical assistance mula sa Philhealth.

  49. Hi. Good evening, Im Claudine OFW po ako dito sa Taiwan, ask ko lang po may makakahingi po ba ako ng medical assistance sa owwa kasi need ng operation ng anak ko.

    1. Hi Claudine. Sorry to hear about your situation but per other OFW accounts, Philhealth temporarily stopped issuance of medical assistance for OFWs. Do you have insurance? This could also help cover medical expenses.

  50. Hi. Goodafternoon po. I have my aunt in dubai and she met a car accident last week, her bone was fractured so she needs to have an operation. She has no insurance there yet, because she was only there for i think 9 or 10 months. The operation in dubai is more expensive than here in the philippines, so she’ll be coming this week to have her operation here. May i ask what are the list of requirements that she needs to get a financial assistant? She’s a philhealth and owwa member. Thank you.

    1. Hi Say! We’re sorry to hear about what happened to your aunt. Unfortunately, the medical assistance is temporarily suspended, probably due to budget concerns. Have you tried contacting the agency who processed her papers in Dubai? All OFWs have comprehensive insurance policy, which she can use to help cover for the expenses.

  51. Hi good day! 7 yrs na po aqng ofw. Ask lang po aq if nandito po aq s hongkong now at ang anak ko po ay mag undergo ng open heart surgery this coming september 2018 pero yung philhealth po na gagamitin ay sa asawa ko po dahil indigent po pra maka less kami ng expenses. Makakaavail ho ba ang anak ko ng medical assistance? Slamat.

    1. Hi Shiri! According to other OFWs, hindi na po nag-iissue ang Philhealth ng MEDplus. We’re not sure po what happened but it could be because of budgetary concerns. You can try po the comprehensive insurance from your agency and ask if you can claim it para po sainyong anak. We’re praying for speedy recovery.

  52. Hello mam lara reynaldo ofw dito sa dubai.mam nag stock up po ang spinal cord ko by dec 2017 na admit po ako sa hospital dito sarile kopo gastos kc dipo ako nabigyan ng company ng helaht card hangang ngaun wala parin.kaya pa gamot gamot nalang.dina po makapag pa cheak up kc ang mahal po ng binayaran ko last time po.kaya nag titiis nalang na idaan sa pag higa.tapos ang result pa po mayron daw po ako sakit sa bato..ngaun mam nag resign na ako sa comapany kc po di nga ako nila natutulungan hangang sa kong ano ano na sakit ko pag dudugo ng ilong at gums ko panlalabo ng mata..ano gagawin ko mam para maka avail nyan at kasama na mabawe yung nagastos ko sa pagpapauspital.

    1. Hi Reynaldo! Ikinalulungkot po naman ang nangyari sainyo ngunit sa hindi inaasahang pagkakataon, itinigil na daw po muna ng Philhealth ang pag-grant ng medical assistance. If your condition was a result of work-related injury, maaari po kayo mag-claim ng medical assistance sa OWWA.

  53. Gud pm po pwd po ba ako mka avail ng medical assistance or medplus nagkaroon po ako ng problem sa heart ko it was march 8 2016 they found something kya po ako na surgery it was called gastra na bumara sa aking puso until now is continue pa rin ang aking medication dto pa ako sa KSA pwd pa ba ako maka avail ng med plus assistance salamat po

    1. Hi Ronald! Unfortunately, MEDplus is currently suspended. Hindi daw po muna ang-iisue ng medical assistance ang Philhealth for undisclosed reasons. You can contact your agency since mayroon naman po kayo na comprehensive insurance. Maaari po ninyo ito gamitin upang makatulong sa gastos. Praying for your recovery!

  54. Jps August 7,2018
    12:40pm
    Good day po i’m an ofw for 14 years both landbased and sea based.nahinto lang po ako sa pagsakay ng barko dahil nadisabled po ang mga kamay ko na di ko na po masyadong maigalaw at nagaalala po ako dahil buong ktwan ko npo ang affected acute bursitis po ang type of disability ko mlaki npo ang cost ng nagastos namin owwa member po ako paano po makaavail ng medplus benefits from owwa?thanks

    1. Hi Juanito! We’re sorry to hear about this but sadly, MEDplus is no longer offered by Philhealth / OWWA. Hindi po namin alam kung bakit ito suspended kaya pansamantalang hindi makaka-avail ang mga OFWs ng benepisyong ito.

  55. good am po im a seafarer and recently had my medical.but unfortunately hinde ako pumasa sa stress test and the doctor advised me to get a stress echo.i was wondering po if I can get a medical assistance regarding stress echo since I’ve been on vacation for 8 months I’ve been struggling financially since I have a long vacation..thanks po and god bless

    1. Hi Jurel! Apparently, the MEDplus is temporarily suspended. We’re not sure why but our guess is budgetary concerns. If ever MEDplus is being offered again. we’re afraid that stress echo won’t be covered by the medical assistance since this is not considered as “dreaded disease.” Thanks and God bless you too!

  56. hello po.. last 2017 pa po akong naka uwi. nung umuwi ako galing kuwait may na raramdaman na akong pananakit sa liig. kung baga stiffness sa liig. tas nag daan ang mga bwaan parang lumala kasi pati ulo ko sumasakit na rin. may ma-e tutulong pa po ba kayu sakin? since medyu matagal na akong hindi na active sa owwa one year na subra.

    1. Hi Ariela! As of this writing, temporarily suspended po ang medical assistance mula sa Philhealth. Hindi po namin alam kung kailan ito maibabalik. To avail of OWWA services, pasensya na din po ngunit active members with updated contribution ay required po.

  57. Hi! isa po akong OFW pinagbakasyon po ako ng Boss ko last June 22 for 2 months dito sa pilipinas. Na accident ang kamay ko nitong 7 ng agosto at hanggang ngayon D pa magaling. Naputol Yung right index finger ko. Ano pong benepisyo po ang makukuha ko from OWWA. Salamat po sa magreply.

    1. Hi! Is the accident work-related? If yes, maaari kayo mag-claim ng Disability benefit from OWWA kung related sa inyong trabaho ang accident. For now, wala na po kasi ini-issue na medical assistance ang Philhealth and we’re not sure if maibabalik pa po ang benepisyong ito.

  58. hi..ang asawa konpo ay 23 years ng ofw ngayon umuwi na po sya dahil nagkasakit.naospital at naoperahan sya last april 2018 sa malaysia.at nag dialysis ng 3 months doon ngayon po last july umuwi na po sya dto sa pinas under dialysis sya 3x a week .jeron po kmi 4 na anak ns mga nag aaral p..22,16,12,10 po ang mga edad nila.. ano po ba ang tulong na ma aavail nmin from owwa tnx po..

  59. hi i am myrna,5 yrs.working at dubai.my employer force me to resign.due to my health condition.i arrived last aug.7 ,2018 .i am owwa member as well.i went to owwa office. but they cannot give any help.regarding my condition/medical assistance..please advice

    1. Hi Myrna! What OWWA can give is Disability benefit, but this should be job-related. For now, Philhealth suspended the issuance of medical assistance. Have you tried contacting your recruitment agency? You can claim through the comprehensive insurance they filed under your name. Baka po makatulong din ito. We hope you’ll get better.

  60. Dear Miss lara,
    Ako po si Ruth Azucena. Isang ofw hanggang ngayon. Na confine ako noong January 4hanghang 7 dito sa Dubai dahil dinudugo ako at na severe anemia ako, Kaya sinalinan ako ng dugo
    At pag katapos akong ma check up. Ultrasound abpang test na ginawa sa akin nakita nila and malaking bukol Kaya ako dinudugo Kaya after 1week ay inuperahan nila ako say loob Ng uterus para tanggalin Ang bukol. Umuwi ako Dyan ngayong August para mag bakasyon at mag pahinga at para natin makakuha Ng medical assistance galing say owwa pero Sabi Ng Isa ninyong empleyado. Stop Ang medical assistant. Hanggang kailan yon . At saka baka mamaya sasabihin ninyo na Hindi na pwede Kasi paso na Yong mga paper ko dahil January 2018 payon. Iniwan ko sa anak ko Yong mga summary Ng pag papa hospital ko dito sa Dubai. Hindi Rin ako binigyan Ng copy Ng binaysy Ng insurance Kung mag Kano Ang binayaran nila sa dalawang beses Kung pag Kaka confine.pero pumunta ako dito sa owwa Ng Dubai. Binigyan ako Ng kopya nang paper na active ako. At same company. Antayin ko sagot nyo.

    1. Hi Ruth! Tama po na temporarily suspended ang MEDplus ngayon. Hindi po namin alam kung kailan ito maibabalik o kung maibabalik pa. Nakipag-ugnayan po ba kayo sa inyong agency? Lahat po ng documented OFWs ay may comprehensive insurance, na maaari din ninyo gamitin sa mga ganitong klaseng sitwasyon.

  61. Hello dati po akong ofw na stroke po ako last 2017, may tulong ba akong matatangap mula sa owwa member po ako ng owwa at philhealth.ano po una kung gagawin? Salamat

    1. Hi Peter! We’re sorry to inform you but MEDplus is temporarily suspended. We’re not sure po kung kailan maibabalik ang benepisyong ito para sa mga OFWs.

  62. hi po,
    Last July 23 umuwi po ako sa Pinas galing Dubai pra mgpa opera po I spent 80k for my operation bali philhealth ko lng ung nabawasan. 3 weeks after my operation pumunta po ako sa OWWA Tuguegarao City para magsubmit ng application ko for Medical Assistance but sad to say sabi nla freeze daw po ang Medical assistance ng OWWA I have nothing left on my pocket po. Please clarrify if freeze po tlg ang medical assistance until now.

    1. Hi Ana! Yes, it’s true. Temporarily suspended ang issuance ng medical assistance from Philhealth. We’re not sure if maibabalik pa po ito.

  63. Tanong ko Lang po need ko mag pa opera SA pinas currently andito po ako sa Singapore at 30years na active owwa memberPaano mo makakaavail ng
    tulong SA owwa need ko po by Nov.

    1. Hi Eva! Sadly, naka-freeze po ang issuance ng medical assistance from Philhealth. Do you have an insurance policy? All departing OFWs have comprehensive insurance applied for by their respective recruitment agency. You can use it po to help augment medical bills.

  64. Magandang umaga po.
    Ako po ay dating ofw ,20 years na po akong ofw sa dammam Saudi Arabia,10 buwan na po ako dito sa pinas, hnd na ako akabalik sa saudi sa kadahilanang cancel ng amo ko ang ticket ko pabalik doon sa pag iwas sa pag babayad ng end of service ko.sa ngaun ay kailangan kong mag pa opera ng kamay ko (trigger finger thumbs) at ang Phil health ko ay after 9 months pa ma active,,, May aasahan kaya akong tulong mula sa owwa???

    1. Hi Marivic! For now, temporarily suspended po ang issuance ng medical assistance from Philhealth. If the injury is work-related and sustained noong nasa Saudi ka pa, you may apply for Disability Benefit. You need to submit the following as well:
      – Foreign medical certificate
      – Medical certificate issued by the local attending physician with medical examination procedure. (e.g X-ray, MRI, CT Scan)
      – Accident Report/Master’s Report for sea-based OFW

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