Poor response to health plan
The Star (Online): 01/10/2014


KUCHING: Only a handful of eligible employees in Sarawak have gone for the Social Security Organisation’s (Sosco) free health screening programme (HSP) so far.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot said less than 10% of the 100,000 HSP vouchers issued to employees in the state this year had been used.

Lamenting the poor response rate, he urged Socso members to make use of the opportunity to go for the check-up.

“Last year the Government allocated millions with the hope that employees will go for full health screening. This is free and Socso has a panel of doctors, including private doctors, where they can go for the screening.

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“Many workers have not taken this up. They should do so because it’s better for you to know the state of your health,” he told reporters after opening a Certified Medical Impairment Assessor (CMIA) course and launching Socso’s rehabilitation video here.

The HSP is for workers aged 40 years and above to detect non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Riot also said Socso provided rehabilitation facilities, including prosthetics, implants, dialysis and financial assistance for treatment, to members who had been injured in the workplace.

“With the launch of the video, employers, workers and Socso’s Medical Board will know in more detail about the rehabilitation assistance available under Socso,” he said.

Riot said 6,357 members received rehabilitation and vocational assistance last year and another 4,678 between January and June this year.

He said Socso spent RM26.1mil last year and RM40mil as of June this year on the rehabilitation assistance.

Under Socso’s Return to Work programme, 9,662 or 58.3% of 16,577 members who participated in it from 2007 to August this year were successfully rehabilitated and able to return to work.

On the CMIA course, Riot said it was organised every year in cooperation with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) to facilitate the task of Socso’s Medical Board in assessing its members’ impairment and disability due to workplace accidents or occupational diseases.

He said 30 sessions of the course had been held so far with the participation of 2,084 doctors.

“Through this course, we are confident that Socso’s Medical Board and Medical Appeal Board will be able to make reasonable and professional decisions,” he said.

He added that 36,795 cases were referred to Socso’s Medical Board last year, an increase of 17% from 30,421 cases in 2012, while 15,350 cases had been referred as of June this year.

The Medical Appeal Board meanwhile received 9,654 cases last year compared with 8,610 in 2012,

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