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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Employees likely to get support for occupational disease treatment

Updated: 14:27’ - 05/08/2019
The State would provide financial support for employees to cover expenses for examination and treatment of occupational diseases.

The recommendation is made by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in a draft decree guiding the Law on Occupational Safety and Health regarding occupational accident and disease insurance.

A periodical medical checkup for employees of Exedy Vietnam Co. Ltd. __Photo: Internet

As per the draft, an employee would be entitled to a support amount equaling 50 percent of the amount payable after having the health insurance fund partially pay the expense for examination or treatment of his occupational disease(s), which is calculated based on the hospital charge rate prescribed by the Minister of Health at the time of examination or treatment. However, the support amount must not exceed half of the basic salary per person per time of examination. For those who have to undergo treatment, the maximum support level would be 10 times the basic salary per person. Each employee may receive support twice at most.

In order to receive support to cover expenses for occupational disease examination, an employee would have to meet two conditions: (i) having participated in occupational accident and disease insurance for at least full 12 months and being still covered by the insurance regime by the month preceding the month of filing a request for support and (ii) being suspected of suffering an occupational disease after being screened for occupational diseases and having been sent for assessment of the disease.

Meanwhile, to be entitled to support for treatment of occupational diseases, an employee must satisfy four conditions: (i) he must have been diagnosed with an occupational disease at a qualified occupational disease examination and treatment establishment; (ii) he has participated in occupational accident and disease insurance for at least full 12 months and is still covered by the insurance regime by the month preceding the month of filing a request for support and; (iii)  his employer has paid occupational accident and disease insurance premiums for him for the period of performing jobs exposed to occupational accidents and diseases; and (iv) his employer complies with regulations on occupational disease screening for employees.- (VLLF)
 

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