KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 – The federal government has approved more than 2,000 claims under the MySalam National Health Protection Scheme involving the Orang Asli community, said Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz.
The claims amount to RM1.1 million since the start of the programme up until March 4, 2022, involving hospitalisation benefits, critical illnesses, Covid-19 Person Under Investigation (PUI) quarantine, and a claim for a medical device worth RM1,200 approved last year.
“For the Honourable Members’ information, according to Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR) records in 2021, an estimated 67,200 Orang Asli are eligible to receive benefits under the MySalam Scheme, an increase of 88.8 per cent compared to 2019.
“The increase in the number of recipients is in line with the expansion of the benefits of the mySalam Scheme by the government, including under the 2020 Budget and the Prihatin economic stimulus package,” Tengku Zafrul told Senator Isa Ab Hamid in a written Dewan Negara reply on March 21.
Tengku Zafrul said the number of approved claims and expansion of the MySalam scheme is a reflection that the Orang Asli community is not exempted from the benefits of the government health insurance scheme.