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Strict Requirements of GAMCA Medical Exam

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November 24 to December 15, 2011


UPDATE as of June 2015:
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.

Under the recruitment policies of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, foreign workers from the Philippines and other Asian countries are required to pass the medical tests conducted only by GCC Approved Medical Centres’ Association (GAMCA) clinics.

Medical Exam Result Fit to Work (GAMCA certified)

The list of diseases that would render Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) 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

other articles related to GAMCA procedures:

main concern:
medical exam in the Philippines especially GAMCA clinics is extremely frightening, please take this exam seriously if you want to have a brighter future. if you are already outside the country especially in GCC area and wants to transfer to other GCC for a new work, I would rather recommend you to process your documents to your current country rather in Philippines. Local medical exam is by far more have strict rules than abroad. This is the procedure they implemented, we have to deal it.

1. visit first the GAMCA office and look for the nearest clinic you prefer
2. your preferred clinic will issue GAMCA control sheet then refer you to another affiliated medical clinic
3. visit this referred clinic and choose your best schedule

new GAMCA Philippines office (nov.2011)

address (new):
2nd floor, vitug bldg, jorge bocobo st, ermita, manila.
how to get there: just ride lrt line 1 then alight to united nations station. their building is in the road infront of the st. lukes clinic.

for phase 1 and phase 2 combined = php2,605 minimum (with external fees)

medical exam coverage: (for phase 1 and phase 2)
1. nurse station for blood pressure and basic health questions such as previous records of health diseases, etc (5 mins).
2. laboratory test such as blood extraction (required to have at most 12 hours fasting), stool (bring sample) and urine (on-site sample) (5 mins).
3. chest x-ray (5 mins).
4. psyche test that includes simple questions and other IQ related (1.5 hour).
5. optometry that includes visual acuity, near vision and color blindness (10 mins).
6. physical examination that includes wearing-off pants, underwear and other advance health questions (5 mins).
7. dental exam (5 mins)

applicant accommodation:
daily basis, depending on clinics open hours (usually 8-5pm and M-F).

GAMCA certified at the back of Medical Exam Result page

GAMCA certified at the back of passport page of visa


1. Visit first GAMCA new office as directed on the address map above.

2. Upon asking or having query inside their building, GAMCA personnel will provide you the updated listing of approved clinics. I suggest to visit the nearest clinic in GAMCA building.

3. Once you visited this nearest clinic, they will refer you to another affiliated clinic where you will perform your medical exam (randomly advised as they said). They will give a piece of paper for GAMCA database confirmation.

4. Visit this referred clinic and ask for the mandatory stuffs before you initiate your medical exam. These requirements are fasting, plastic clear bottles, etc. I recommend to perform your medical exam the following day (minimum) so that you can prepare well enough.
    a. bring stool sample (must be fresh, and in a small sterilized plastic container. This container is available in all drugstores)
      b. fasting started late at night (no any kind intake of drinks and foods, as in zero)

5. Bring PhP5,000 minimum amount of pocket money (provision payment for unanticipated minor findings in some services such as dental cleaning, and medical stuffs you will just know during the exam day)

6. After your exam, expect to have negative findings. Even you performed your x-ray or dental cleaning just months ago, they will try to ignore it.

7. Once you declared UNFIT with this GAMCA-approved medical clinic your name will be in GAMCA database and cannot retake medical exam again especially if the reason fell under Infectious Category as stated above.


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

    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.

  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).

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

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

    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.

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

    I totally agree. :)

  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.

  6. I have dextroscoliosis.. Does it make me UNFIT?

    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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