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NOCC urges athletes signup to health fund

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Vath Chamroeun (centre) said the issue of health cards for athletes was a matter of concern to all. KT / Yeun Punlue

The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) has called on all sporting federations to ensure its athletes were in receipt of National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Membership Cards.

Speaking to journalists on Friday, Vath Chamroeun, General Secretary of the NOCC, said the issue of health cards to the kingdom’s athletes was a matter of concern to all.

“The health card is very important for athletes mental and physical health care, he said. “With it, they can benefit from healthcare packages in hospitals nationwide. Even regarding serious illnesses.”

In January, the NSSF provided membership cards to more than 150,000 public servants, former civil servants, and veterans for healthcare services.

An inter-ministerial Prakas (proclamation) on health services and provisions for healthcare access was inked between the national social security fund and health facilities. By January, the NSSF had 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.

Regarding current uptake of the cards, Mr. Chamroeun conceded that only seven sport federations had submitted a list of athletes to claim healthcare cards.

“This accounts for only about 20% of the athletic community, he said. “Thus, more than 20 national federations are yet to submit a list. I strongly urge all national sports federations to submit athletes’ names.”

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