Anutin says front-liners get insurance
Covid-19 insurance has been provided to more than 250,000 medical personnel and frontline health workers who are working closely with Covid-19 infected patients, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul revealed.
Mr Anutin said the government has been concerned about the safety of medical personnel and health workers, who have been devoted to looking after Covid-19 patients nationwide.
As they are at high risk of contracting the disease, the government, the Office of Insurance Commission, and insurance companies have worked together to arrange a total of 250,120 insurance plans for medical personnel and frontline workers who come into contact with patients.
Of them, 223,872 have been arranged for medical personnel under the Public Health Ministry, while the rest are for medical personnel attached to other agencies such as City Hall's public health department and medical service department, Bhumibol Hospital, medical colleges, the army's medical department, and the Police General Hospital, he said.
He added that 171 medical personnel were infected with Covid-19 and have already been covered by insurance.
He also explained the insurance benefits to which they are entitled. Covid-19 patients will each receive 1 million baht in compensation in case of death, with a coverage period lasting two months.
Other benefits are 1 million baht in compensation in case of being in a coma, with coverage lasting six months, and 10,000 baht in compensation for getting infected with Covid-19, with coverage lasting for six months.
"We thank all who have been devoted to taking care of people during the Covid-19 crisis," Mr Anutin said.