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    Medical Exam Information for Overseas Filipino Workers

    Medical Exam Information for Overseas Filipino Workers

    A medical examination is an important part of the recruitment process. All applicants who have passed the screening process and are already pre-selected for employment have to undergo a medical examination in order to obtain a medical certificate.

    Any applicant who has been asked to undergo a medical exam is almost sure to be deployed. However, it is vital that they prove that they are fit to work, which would only be possible through a medical certificate. A negative medical exam result could actually lead for a person to lose the opportunity to work abroad. Hence, if you are one of those who are planning to work overseas, below are some helpful information concerning what you should know about medical examination.

    • Medical examinations for overseas employment vary from one country to another. For instance, medical test in countries that belong to the Gulf region (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates) are governed by the Gulf Cooperation Council-(GCC) Accredited Medical Clinics Association (GAMCA). Basically, GAMCA has a list of diseases that classify applicants in an unfit to work status. Such diseases are as follows:


    HIV/AIDS reactive
    Hepatitis B surface antifgen, HCV reactive
    Microfilaria positive and blood film positive, know leprosy patient
    Tuberculosis any type, X-ray showing active PTB, past evidence of PTB or healed Pulmonary scar including minimum fibrosis, calcification (granuloma) pleural thickening, pleural effusion, tuberculosis lymphadenitis
    VDRL/TPHA reactive


    Chronic renal failure
    Chronic hepatitis failure
    Congestive heart failure
    Diabetes mellitus
    Known case of Cancer
    Psychiatric disease and neurological disorders
    Physical disabilities, i.e. color blindness, deafness

    • Medical examination has two (2) phases. Laboratory exam which include urine, fecal and blood tests, x-ray, ear nose and teeth make up the first phase of the medical exam. The second phase, on the other hand, consists of physical examination and a psychological test.

    • Fees for medical examination for overseas employment may range anywhere from Php2,500 to Php3,000. The whole procedure can be completed in a day, so applicants are asked to bring a urine and stool sample on the day of the medical examination.

    • Those who have dental problems are advised to undergo all the necessary treatments (i.e. dentures, tooth filling and extraction and oral prophylaxis) prior to their medical examination. This is advised to avoid incurring additional costs that may be charged in GAMCA-accredited clinics and other clinics for OFW medical exams that perform such procedures.

    • There are some skin diseases that may classify an applicant as unfit to work. As such, it is best to a see a dermatologist and apply the necessary treatment prior to the medical exam.

    • A second blood sugar test might be necessary for some overseas Filipino workers (OFW) diagnosed with high blood sugar during their initial test. The usual cause is not fasting properly before the lab exam. Therefore, it is advised to follow proper fasting procedures to prevent retake do not eat 12 hours before the scheduled medical exam and drink plenty of water.

    • A medical certificate for overseas employment is valid only for up to three (3) months. An applicant may not be required to take the medical exam if the agency did not advise him or her to do so.

    • If, for instance, an applicant had already underwent a medical exam in a clinic referred by a recruitment agency and the applicant happen to receive a better offer from another agency, it is likely that the result of the first medical exam will not be honored by the second agency, since every agency has different accredited medical clinics.

    • If an applicant has been diagnosed with a lung problem before the application or medical examination, it is important to inform this to the attending physician so that he or she can give details on how to pass the medical examination. The long time belief that drinking sterilized milk the night prior to the scheduled medical examination is a myth and it should be noted that a lung problem cannot be resolved overnight.

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    ang alam ko mas mahihirapan kang makapasa a medical kung meron kang tatoo or kakapabutas mo lang ng tenga.. basta anything na ginamitan ng needles. lalo na kung wala pang one yr

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    medical- madalas dito nagkakatalo, minsan kasi, kahit ok n lahat ng requirements mo, d mo alam may medical issue ka pala n kelangan bigyan ng atensyon. kaya dapat talaga healthy lifestyle lagi,

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    Re: Medical Exam Information for Overseas Filipino Workers

    Tama. dapat HEALTHY LIFESTYLE lang . hehe

    and kung me nararamdaman mang sakit. MAGPAGALING muna bago umalis ng BANSA. para SAFE.

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