Free healthcare plan gets underway

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The costs of health services will be covered through the National Social Security Fund. Khmer times

The Labour Ministry and the Health Ministry have vowed to work together to bring free, efficient healthcare to workers in both the informal and formal sectors.

Prime Minister Hun Sen made the promise of free healthcare for all workers in the informal sector earlier this month, after pledging the same to all garment workers the month before.

Following a workshop yesterday on implementing the plan, Labour Minister Ith Samheng said his ministry will cover the costs of health services through the National Social Security Fund.

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“The Health Minister and I will work together in order to make health services for our workers better and more efficient. Quality treatment will be the first priority,” he said. “Not only workers in the formal sectors, but also workers in the informal sectors will receive the same service after they register with NSSF through the Labour Ministry.”

“If they do not have employers contributing to the NSSF for them, they can receive health services by using the Equity Fund from the Health Ministry,” he added.

The National Social Security Fund has signed an agreement with 1,289 local health centres across the country for workers to get free 24-hour health care.

Mr Samheng said the health, labour and finance ministries will soon hold a meeting to iron out further details of the plan, especially the registration of informal workers, which he expects to be completed within the first quarter of 2018.

Health Minister Mam Bun Heng said yesterday’s meeting was fruitful.

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“We will work together to improve services,” he said.

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