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

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.

17 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!

  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!

  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.

  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!

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