The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has provided membership cards to more than 150,000 public servants, former civil servants, and veterans for healthcare services.
Ouk Samvithyea, NSSF director, said at a ceremony to give out the cards at the Women’s Affairs Ministry that the latest recipients were among more than 300,000 existing members of the fund,
“NSSF will continue to cooperate in providing membership cards to former officials, civil servants and contract officials of some other ministries and institutions, which the fund has not yet cooperated with, for them to receive local social security services,” he said.
Mr Samvithyea added that in accordance with the inter-ministerial Prakas (proclamation) on health services and provisions for healthcare access inked between the national social security fund and health facilities, the NSSF has so far signed agreements with 1,335 health facilities, including health centers to national hospitals, 1,292 of which were public facilities and 43 were private ones.
Sum Sophorn, NSSF deputy director said on Wednesday that 30,727 public servants, former civil servants, and veterans have received healthcare services at local health facilities through the membership card.
“The NSSF membership card is a great achievement of the Cambodian government and is designed to serve the interests of civil servants and workers,” he said.
Mr Sophorn added that NSSF will continue to strengthen and expand the implementation of the social security fund to cover occupational risk, and continue to promote healthcare schemes for both public servants and workers this year.
Heak Pring, Cambodia’s Independent Civil Servants Association (CICA) president, said that the provision of the membership card to public servants, former civil servants, and veterans for healthcare services shows the government is paying attention to them.
“It is good that the government has paid attention to government officials, but the important thing is we have to think just how effective the use of the card is, what are its benefits and the quality of service accessed by using the card,” he said.