Increasing Medical Compensation for Employees
Currently, but soon will be modified, if an employee gets injured or becomes ill during/because of the work, the employer is responsible to pay the actual compensation with a capped amount for an employee to have proper and necessary medical treatment.
The cabinet has recently approved a draft ministerial regulation regarding the medical expenses rates to be paid by employer proposed by the Ministry of Labor. The draft ministerial regulation is for increasing medical compensation to be in line with changing of economic and social conditions and to help employees access increased medical benefits. It will reduce the trouble and cost burden for employees.
The draft ministerial regulation requires employers to increase the rate of healthcare expenses covered by social security from the previous amount of 50,000 baht to 65,000 baht. Furthermore, there are adjustments made to the conditions of the injuries to receive compensation with the maximum amount payable by the employer not exceeding 100,000 baht, from severe head injuries and requiring craniotomy to severe head injuries suffered by employees. This draft ministerial regulation also covers patients with trauma until birth state of unconsciousness or paralysis with high expenses which can be qualified according to this ministerial regulation, such as injuries with the following characteristics or treatment.
- Severe injury to the head causing inability to perform daily activities normally for more than 20 days.
- In case of severe head injury but may not require surgery or may not be able to do surgery, such as a skull fracture that causes bleeding in the brain.
- In case of fall from a height causing multiple broken ribs, a small amount of blood in the chest, slight shortness of breath and/or non-surgical with cerebral hemorrhage but without surgery staying in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for 3 nights with abdominal bleeding and no surgery needed.
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