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New law offers unprecedented medical benefits for workers

Oct 14. 2018
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By The Nation

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Nearly 10 million Thai employees nationwide would enjoy enhanced healthcare benefits under the Workmen’s Compensation Act (second edition 2018).

The legal amendment was published in the Royal Gazette on October 10 and would come into effect 60 days later on December 11.

The spokesman of the Standing Committee for Workmen’s Compensation, Manas Kosol, said the “New Year Gift” would especially benefit public sector staff. 

State employees, such as garbage collectors and road sweepers, who were prone to injury at work, would get unprecedented benefits starting from the first day of employment, with effect from December 11. Before the legal amendment, they did not have these facilities and had to bank on the universal healthcare scheme when fell sick. 

As per the new provisions:

1 In case of illness caused by work and certified by a doctor to get sick leave, he/she will get compensation for missed income at 70 per cent of monthly pay; 

2 In case of disability caused by work, a state employee will be compensated for lost income for at least 15 years;

3 In the case of death caused by work, a state employee’s family will get a compensation for missed income at 70 per cent of monthly pay for 10 years or 120 months; 

4 A state employee who falls ill due to work will be entitled to full medical treatment without limits. 

Private sector employees will also got enhanced benefits, especially medical coverage for the entire treatment. Earlier medical coverage was limited to a maximum of up to Bt2 million.

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