KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 2020 : Human Resources Minister M. Kula Segaran has told the Social Security Organisation (Socso) to withdraw a directive that imposed conditions on subsidising dialysis treatment for its contributors.
“This move will allow all eligible Socso’s insured persons, including Invalidity Grant recipients, to receive the dialysis aid as before,” said Socso, in its statement today.
Socso also admitted that the imposed conditions would have affected a number of its contributors who were suffering from kidney failure.
“This will certainly be a burden for patients with chronic kidney disease, especially when financing assistance for dialysis treatment is currently limited,” it said.
Socso was criticised by various quarters, including the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) when it introduced the conditions for fully subsidised dialysis treatments, effective Jan 10.
They include having to pay at least 24 monthly contributions to Socso within 40 consecutive months before invalidity notice is received as well as monthly deductions comprising at least one-third of an insured individual’s first deduction upon entering the scheme until their invalidity notice is received.
Dialysis treatment is provided free-of-charge at any Socso dialysis panel centres, government hospitals, private dialysis centres, or facilities run by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), since 1999.
MTUC secretary-general J. Solomon had said that the new conditions would limit access or completely deny disadvantaged Socso contributors and beneficiaries from receiving free dialysis treatment.
MCA had on its part, threatened to file a lawsuit against Socso if the imposed conditions were not rescinded.