To what extent should an employer pay for the helper’s medical bills?
Singapore maid agency 121 Personnel has the answer.
What you have to pay
When you employ a helper, you are required by law to purchase medical insurance of at least $15,000 per year as well as Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) with a minimum sum of $40,000, with compensation payable to the helper or her beneficiaries.
You also must bear the cost of medical expenses not covered by the insurance or PAI.
Meaning what? You are obligated to pay for any medical treatments – inpatient or outpatient – deemed necessary by a medical or dental professional.
If your helper has been hospitalised, you're legally required to bear the cost of the treatment until the helper is well enough to travel back to her home country for further treatment.
What you DON'T have to pay
If any treatment is not medically necessary, you don’t have to pay for it.
Any further treatment in your helper's home country will also be borne by the helper herself, but you must still bear the cost of repatriation.
What if you don't pay?
Failing to fulfil your medical obligations may result in a fine of up to $10,000 and/ or a jail term of up to 12 months.
Ask your helper to attend a comprehensive medical check-up prior to hiring her. You will need to pay for it, but it will give you both more peace of mind in the long run.
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From The Finder (Issue 280), March 2017
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