Insurance scheme for B40 group to be tabled in October

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye says the insurance scheme will enable the B40 group to seek treatment at government and private hospitals. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: The health ministry is in the final stage of drawing up a health insurance protection scheme for those in the B40 group to help them obtain treatment at government and private hospitals.

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said the proposed insurance protection scheme would be tabled in Parliament during the 2019 Budget sitting in October.

He said a minimum rate that would not burden the B40 would be set as premium payment for the insurance coverage.

“As an example, the government could provide insurance protection of between RM10,000 and RM20,000 a year per family for their hospital bills,” he said after opening the 25th-anniversary celebration of the Perak Thalassaemia Society at Tow Boo Keong Temple here today.

He was responding to a suggestion by a former health director-general, Dr Mohd Ismail Merican, for the government to introduce a mandatory health insurance scheme to cover increasing healthcare cost.