KUALA LUMPUR (June 19): The National Health Protection Scheme (mySalam), a Pakatan Harapan (PH) government initiative to help the low-income group of B40 deal with financial difficulties when admitted to public hospital and afflicted with critical illness, received positive response.
Finance Ministry’s Corporate Communications head Zakiah Hanum Kassim said thus far a total 2,474 recipients have applied under the scheme involving a total payment of RM349,600 for the period of March to early June.
The amount, she said, involved two types of payments, namely, hospital benefits and for those suffering from critical illnesses.
A total of 737 recipients suffered from critical illness received RM248,000 while RM101,600 were paid to 1,737 recipients for the payment of hospital benefits.
“The government is actively conducting various awareness programmes to provide information especially to eligible recipients of the scheme so that they will submit the applications and receive the benefits of the scheme,” she said when contacted by Bernama on the latest developments in the implementation of mySalam.
MySalam’s protection scheme launched by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Jan 24 is the takaful protection provided to the B40 through public private partnership between the federal government and Great Eastern Takaful Bhd, with a RM2 billion initial fund.
About 3.69 million recipients, comprising those from the B40 group who are also recipients of the Cost of Living Aid (BSH), aged 18 to 55, and their spouses, are eligible to receive an allowance of RM50 per day or a maximum of RM700 per year if undergoing treatment at the government hospital and one-off cash payment of RM8,000 if they are diagnosed with one of the 36 types of critical illness.
Zakiah Hanum said the Finance Ministry, in collaboration with various parties, had intensified promotional and publicity efforts on mySalam that include roadshows to disseminate information to the public in several states in the Peninsular including Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.
“We held roadshows in collaboration with the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) in conjunction with the East Coast Financial Carnival in three states from March 18 to April 6 and a series of awareness talks at the Penang State Legislative Assembly on April 9, at Bukit Kiara Longhouse (April 20), at the Selangor State Assembly, Shah Alam and at the Sekolah Rendah Integrasi Datuk Keramat (May 23), and at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital on May 25.
“We also organised talks with the Armed Forces personnel and officers at the Wardieburn Camp, Setapak on June 3 in collaboration with the Malaysian Takaful Association,” she said.
Zakiah Hanum said three more talks on mySalam would be held at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on June 23; at the Alor Gajah district Social Welfare Office, Melaka (June 27); and a roadshow with BNM (in conjunction with Melaka Financial Carnival) in Melaka from July 8 to 14.
The Finance Ministry also worked with the Great Eastern to set up kiosks nationwide this month in an effort to increase the knowledge as well as the application of the target groups on the benefits that could be utilised through the scheme.
Several hospitals involved in the move including the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Ampang Hospital, Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital Klang, Selayang Hospital, Kajang Hospital, Shah Alam Hospital, Kuala Kubu Baru Hospital, Sungai Buloh Hospital, Serdang Hospital and Banting Hospital.
Similar kiosks would also be set up at the Putrajaya Hospital, Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital Seremban, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kota Kinabalu and General Hospital in Kuching.
“We hope with the wider dissemination of this information, more eligible applicants will benefit from this scheme,” she said.