Social health insurance scheme for B40 expanded to cover 36 critical illnesses
GEORGE TOWN: The social health insurance scheme for the bottom 40 per cent (B40), which will be rolled out on Jan 1 next year, will provide coverage for 36 critical illnesses.
This is an expansion from the initial four critical illnesses announced in the 2019 Budget.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said under the scheme, those in the B40 group who are hospitalised in government hospitals, could apply to get RM50 daily for a maximum of 14 days or RM700 a year.
「This will be given free to the B40 group and they need not pay for insurance.
This is the first time the government is rolling this out to the B40 group as we know they can’t afford to pay for health insurance.
「It was initially restriced to cover only four critical illness but has since expanded to cover 36 critical illness, just like when one buys the health insurance,」 he told newsmen here today.
He was met at the George Town Literary Festival where he was honoured for founding the festival and lending continuous support of the festival for the past eight years.
Lim was awarded the patron of George Town Literary Festival. Also present was Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
Elaborating, Lim said the social health insurance scheme for the B40 would be managed by Bank Negara Malaysia.
「There is no need to fill any forms as everything will be conducted online,」 he added.
He said Bank Negara would launch a website on the social health insurance scheme for the B40 next month, which will enable the target group to get more information about it.
On a separate matter, Lim said in the 2019 Budget, the government had also announced that the floor price for the Rubber Production Incentive (IPG) would be increased from RM2.20 now to RM2.50 beginning next year.
Similarly, he added that the Padi Price Subsidy Scheme (SSHP) rate would also be increased from RM300 a tonne to RM360 a tonne.
「All this is done to help the farmers and smallholders who are facing pressure due to the drop in commodity prices,」 he added.