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Social Security: “Provider-Purchaser Split System” Introduced

23 April 2019

The Social Security Board introduced a new social security scheme “Provider-Purchaser Split System” in Yangon on Tuesday.

The Social Security Board was established in 1956 to provide social security for insured workers of state-owned, private, joint-ventured and foreign firms that employ over 5 employees. Under the Social Security Law (2012), the Board implemented social security project to provide medical treatment and related cash benefit when the insured workers face sickness, maternity and employment injury. This newly introduced system aims to upgrade healthcare facility of the Board’s social security project. The system is to be implemented in the Board clinics and workers’ hospitals as well as private hospitals and clinics that signed contract with the Board to treat outpatients.

Director, Medical Dept. (Social Security Board Head Office), Khin Nwae Htay said “Today, I presented about the healthcare facilities provided by the Board and new services to be included along with the new scheme. This is also to raise awareness about usefulness of the “Provider-Purchaser Split System” clinics for insured workers.”

The system had been implemented in some clinics in Myitkyina, Myeik, Taunggyi, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. The “Provider Purchaser Split System” will be first implemented in Yangon at OSC Hospital in North Okkalapa township next month.

Director, Medical Dept. (Social Security Board Head Office), Khin Nwae Htay said “There are insured workers who can’t reach out to the township Social Security Board clinics and hospitals. Now, they can easily get treated at private hospitals under the System. The system will be implemented in all clinics and hospitals of the companies signed the contract with the Board.”

Currently, the Social Security Board is operating as a sole provider for three workers’ hospitals, 55 SSB clinics in factories and industrial zones, 96 township social security clinics and 1 traditional medicine clinic. 4 care well clinics are being operated under PPP (Public-Private Partnership) system. Plans are also underway to open care well clinics in Dagon Seikkan and Dagon townships as well as traditional medicine clinics in Hlaingtharyar.