The Selangor government has earmarked an estimated RM42 million to enhance the state’s Peduli Sihat insurance scheme, thereby providing better health insurance plans for families that fall within a specific income range in the B40 category.
The upgraded Peduli Sihat insurance scheme is expected to benefit 85,000 families earning a monthly household income of less than RM2,000. “This universal health insurance is aimed at helping to ease the burden of the B40 group, especially in receiving basic treatment and various other health protection benefits,” said the chief minister of Selangor, Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.
With the upgraded insurance scheme, eligible recipients will now be entitled to these additional benefits:
The Selangor state government has also appointed 1,529 panel clinics within the state to provide medical aid for the recipients under this scheme.
To apply for the Peduli Sihat insurance scheme, you must be a citizen born in Selangor or have lived in the state for at least 10 years. Also, your household monthly income must be RM2,000 or less. If you are an individual applying for the scheme, then your monthly income should be RM1,500 or less.
If you qualify, you can then proceed to apply online or through manual submission, which you can send to any Dewan Negeri Selangor or Dewan Negeri Selangor coordinator’s offices. Once your application has been approved, you will receive an SMS notice, and the Peduli Sihat medical card will be sent to your mailing address.
To clarify, the Peduli Sihat insurance scheme is not a new programme; it was first introduced in 2017 to provide free basic medical treatment for eligible recipients. The RM42 million fund injection to the Peduli Sihat insurance scheme is one of the initiatives under the second Selangor Prihatin stimulus package.
To date, the Selangor government has announced two stimulus packages. The first, which saw an allocation of RM127.78 million, was announced in mid-March 2020. It was followed by a second on 1 April, worth another RM272.5 million.
You can find out more about the Peduli Sihat insurance scheme at its official website.
(Source: Malay Mail)