Consider mandatory foreign worker insurance, tackle outstanding bills

KUALA LUMPUR – The government’s policy requiring employers to register foreign workers for the protection of the Work Disaster Scheme under the Social Security Organization (Socso) has not changed.

Human Resources Minister Steven Sim said there is no need to oblige employers to make additional contributions including follow up insurance for treatment payment arrears at government clinics and hospitals.

“So far under Sokeso, foreign workers are obliged to contribute to Sokeso, that is the existing level.

“Perhaps we will look at the situation (compulsory insurance), if there is a need, we will consider it in the future,” he told reporters, here, today.

Earlier he officiated the 24th Occupational Safety and Health Conference and Exhibition (COSH 2024) and the 6th Scientific Conference on Occupational Safety and Health (SCICOSH) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC).

Previously, the media reported the latest figures showing that until the end of 2023, the amount of arrears involving treatment bills for foreigners will reach approximately RM100 million.

This includes costs for maternity, emergency, outpatient check ups and medication, just like the locals enjoy.

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