Employers are required to buy health insurance for migrant workers who have no access to healthcare protection under the social security system, the Public Health Ministry says.
The employers must buy the insurance for workers and their children aged 15 or younger, or they will not be permitted to renew work permits for their migrant workers, Health Administration Bureau director Thongchai Keeratihatthayakorn said yesterday.
The requirement is now in effect following a cabinet resolution passed on March 15.
Migrant workers not eligible to join the social security scheme include those employed in fishery, livestock and farm businesses and domestic helpers, Dr Thongchai said.
Insurance is also required for migrant workers in the process of obtaining social security protection, he added.
He said the cabinet has assigned the Public Health Ministry to serve as the key agency to ensure migrant workers receive healthcare protection, whether it is from social security or health insurance bought by their employers.
Migrant workers entering the social security system will be entitled to medical welfare benefits after contributing to the Social Security Fund (SSF) for at least three months, Dr Thongchai said.
He was speaking at a seminar on government policy and measures on alien worker employment in Bangkok yesterday.
Employers are required to buy insurance at a cost of 1,047 baht per migrant worker waiting to receive social security coverage.
The amount includes 600 baht for health check-up fees and 447 baht for health insurance fees covering three months, he said.
Their workers employed in industries with no SSF coverage must pay 1,900 baht per person. This amount is broken down into 600 baht for health check-up fees and 1,300 baht for the health insurance fee.
Health insurance for workers' children aged 15 or under costs 365 baht, Dr Thongchai said.
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