Compulsory medical insurance policies for foreign workersfrom next year

From The Star By MAZWIN NIK ANIS and IZATUN SHARI
newsdesk@thestar.com.my PUTRAJAYA: All foreign workers employed in Malaysia,
except for domestic maids, must have medical insurance coverage
under a government ruling effective Jan 1. The move is to ensure
that foreign workers’ medical bills in public hospitals, which to
date total RM18mil, will not be a burden to the Government. Health
Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said each worker must have
medical insurance coverage with an annual premium of RM120. “The
Government has incurred costs because some foreigners who sought
treatment at public hospitals left without settling their bills or
were only able to make partial payment. “With medical insurance
coverage, we hope this problem can be overcome,” he told reporters
after opening the ministry’s management conference here yesterday.
Liow said employers hiring new foreign workers would have to
enclose a copy of the medical insurance policy for their
prospective employees when applying for a work permit. Continuing
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