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Civil servant healthcare program created

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Public officials, civil servants and veterans can breathe a bit easier now that King Norodom Sihamoni has officially signed a royal decree establishing a social security healthcare fund.
 
The edict will see the country’s more than 300,000 public servants – including those who work in the kingdom’s ministries, institutions and national as well as sub-national units – receive insurance that covers emergency treatment, pre- and post-natal care, illness consultation and many other services.
 
Discussions on the scheme started in August last year and the king signed the decree, containing seven chapters and 17 articles, on February 1.
 
The royal decree states: “The contribution of a social security fund for labor insurance for public officials is the duty of the state, institutions or units directly controlling them.”
 
The measure also provides health insurance for former civil servants and veterans of the armed forces.
 
Participants in the program will have to pay a small monthly fee out of their paychecks for the service and the figure will be matched by the government.
 
The date of the official rollout for the edict is being hashed out by an inter-ministerial committee with members from the Labor Ministry and Ministry of Economy and Finance.
 
Labor Minister Ith Samheng said in late January that recent efforts by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), which deals mostly with healthcare provided to garment workers, have given them hope that they can handle the monumental task of providing these services to other groups of workers.
 
“All public officials or workers will have the same social security insurance. The NSSF will prepare this system for our public officials so they can get the same service as workers in risky jobs and healthcare,” he said.

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