I received some concerns recently from people who had their mandatory pre-employment medical examination (PEME). They were aim to work abroad, almost complete with what their respective agencies require them to comply. One is to pass the rigid medical screening examination. I’m sad to note though that their medical exam cost an arm and a leg!
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To give at least an idea of how much a PEME basic package costs, here’s what the Department of Health has mandated medical screening clinics.
1. The allowed price for PEME basic package shall be within 2,000 – 2,500 Philippine pesos only. Any clinic charging more or less than the said range should be reported to DOH.
2. The price of the individual test, DOH’s statement verbatim, shall be reasonable and just, and based on the actual costs of the services rendered.
3. Prices of basic DOH PEME and other health examination packages shall be posted in all conspicuous areas of the clinic. In fact, DOH said that these prices shall be printed on a 2×3 feet tarpaulin and people can read it up to 20 feet away. Such poster shall also include DOH’s help & complaints hotline, a statement exactly written like this:
“For any inquiries or concerns, you may contact the Department of Health – Health Facilities and Services Regulatory Bureau at 651-7800 locals 2512 (Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement Division) or 2528 (Quality Assurance and Monitoring Division). For complains, call 651-7800 local 2527 (Complaints Management and Action Unit).”
Here’s another disclosure – did you know that an accredited medical screening clinic has to update the Department of Health of its applicable medical services fees?
Through the Online OFW Health Exam Price Monitoring System (OFWHEPMS), the clinic’s prices of medical exams shall be updated semi-annual or every 6 months. Now we can countercheck with DOH if the clinic’s offered price is the same as the officially reported price.
I tried to access the OFWHEPMS’ website to know if anyone, anytime can check the uploaded prices but it seems like it’s exclusive only for authorized medical institutions.
Nevertheless, I am encouraging all to take a stand against abusive medical clinics. If you happen to smell something fishy and those 3 mandates above are taken for granted, report it immediately to DOH!
Remember, for any inquiries or concerns, you may contact the Department of Health – Health Facilities and Services Regulatory Bureau at 651-7800 locals 2512 (Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement Division) or 2528 (Quality Assurance and Monitoring Division). For complaints, call 651-7800 local 2527 (Complaints Management and Action Unit).
Please be reminded that if you fairly failed one or more tests covered by the basic DOH PEME package, the affordable 2,000 -2,500 price range doesn’t apply.
To know what these tests are, read my other blogpost entitled “NO BODY NO BODY BUT MINE IN PEME: Which body parts are normally being scrutinized?”
DOH Health Facilities and Services Regulatory Bureau, A.O. No. 2013-0006
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