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Strict Requirements of GAMCA Medical Exam

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In the Philippines, the 15-year-old GAMCA monopoly in medical testing for overseas Filipino workers leaving for work in the Middle East has been abolished and overseas Filipino workers can now choose freely which clinics they would undergo at any DOH accredited medical clinics. Upon the effectivity, the medical testing centers for Middle East-bound OFWs will be now more accessible and the cost of medical examination will be much lower
http://www.dole.gov.ph/news/view/2890

GAMCA abolished per RA 10022 which amended RA 8042 or the Migrant Workers' Act. 
(1) No group or groups of medical clinics shall have a monopoly of exclusively conducting health examinations on migrant workers for certain receiving countries.
(2) Every Filipino migrant worker shall have the freedom to choose any of the DOH-accredited or DOH-operated clinics that will conduct his/her health examinations and that his/her rights as a patient are respected.
(3) All DOH-accredited medical clinics, including the DOH-operated clinics, conducting health examinations for Filipino migrant workers shall observe the same standard operating procedures and shall comply with internationally-accepted standards in their operations to conform with the requirements of receiving countries or of foreign employers/principals.
(4) Any foreign employer who does not honor the results of valid health examinations conducted by a DOH-accredited or DOH-operated clinic shall be temporarily disqualified from participating in the overseas employment program, pursuant to POEA Rules and Regulations.
http://www.poea.gov.ph/rules/SC_Gamca_Ruling_2015.pdf

Medical Exam Result Fit to Work in Qatar (certified last Jul. 2015)

GAMCA Medical Exam Result Fit to Work in Kuwait (certified last Nov. 2011)

The list of diseases that would render an aspiring employee UNFIT TO WORK in GCC countries includes the following;

Infectious category
• HIV/AIDS reactive
• Hepatitis B surface antifgen, HCV reactive
• Microfilaria positive and malaria blood film positive, known leprosy patients
• 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

Non-infectious category
• Chronic renal failure
• Chronic hepatitis failure
• Congestive heart failure
• Hypertension
• Diabetes mellitus
• Known case of cancer
• Psychiatric disease and neurological disorders
• Physical disabilities, i.e. color blindness, deafness

Medical Exam Coverage (for phase 1 and phase 2, whole day process to start at 8am)
1. nurse station; blood pressure and basic information (5 mins).
2. laboratory; blood extraction (must have 12 hours fasting), stool (bring sample) and urine (on-site sample) (5 mins).
3. chest x-ray (5 mins).
4. dental exam (5 mins).
5. optometry that includes visual acuity, near vision and color blindness (5 mins).
6. physical examination that includes wearing-off pants, underwear and other advance health questions (5 mins).
7. psyche test that includes abstract questions (1.5 hour).

GAMCA certified at the back of Medical Exam Result page

GAMCA certified at the back of passport page of visa


10 comments:

  1. What if you have scar on the lungs? US there any chanceto be fit if the findings are negtive its only scar already?

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    1. @Muhammad Abdullah; Unfortunately there is NO chance to be fit even if its just a history of having scar. Even though it's negative, it is included in infectious disease list.

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  2. Thanks for this post. Do you have any idea how long it will take for the medical results to come out? And as a direct hire for Oman, am I allowed to get my medical results? (last time I processed for Saudi, the clinic directly gave results to the agency).

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    1. @Allan Yasser; I think the standard queuing is 1 week (depends, sometime you have to retake some medical areas for clarification or confirmation).

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  3. Can i medicaly fit ;If I have scoliosis ?

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    1. @remyanthomas; if the clinic declared immediately you are unfit, then ask justification even though this deficiency is not in the list. If the clinic provided reconsideration, then its up to your employer to decide if they will declare you fit with waiver or not.

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  4. "6. after your exam, expect to have negative findings."

    I totally agree. :)

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  5. Very interesting blog. Alot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definately interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know.
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  6. I have dextroscoliosis.. Does it make me UNFIT?

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    1. @Angelica; in my honest opinion, it falls under non-infectious category which means unfit, unless your employer sent a waiver that dextroscoliosis does not affect your work.

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