Covid-19 Benefit Claims
During the 'Transition to Endemic' Phase starting April 1, 2022, all benefit claims related to COVID-19 cases will be processed as Service Diseases.
Service Illness refers to an illness caused or derived from work as listed in the Fifth Schedule, Workers' Social Security Act 1969 (Act 4).
If an employee is an Insured Person (OB) of SOCSO who wants to make a claim for benefits for a case of COVID-19, the claim is still eligible to be considered, but is limited to jobs that are exposed to biological agents and the presence of infections among healthcare workers.
Eligible OBs will receive benefits under the Occupational Accident Scheme or Disability Scheme.
Benefit claims for cases of COVID-19 are processed as a Service Disease because COVID-19 is listed as a disease specified in the Fifth Schedule, Act 4. It can be considered a Service Disease if it meets the conditions set out under Section 28, Fifth Schedule, Part VII Biological Agents No. 10.
Individuals who are among health care workers such as in:
Among other infectious diseases that are also placed under the Service Diseases category are Nipah virus, Tuberculosis (whooping cough) and Leptospirosis (mouse urinary disease).
The implementation of the benefit claim process related to the case of COVID-19 as a Service Disease is seen to be timely when economic activity throughout the country begins to show positive development. It is also in line with the 'exit strategy' initiated by the Government for the country to return to an almost normal life after more than two years of fighting with COVID-19.
The effective date of claiming benefits related to cases of COVID-19 as a Service Disease begins on April 1, 2022, in line with the country's transition into the 'Transition to Endemic' Phase. All benefit claims related to COVID-19 cases for the date OB is confirmed positive on 1 April 2022 and after that date will be processed as a Service Disease.
Yes, Insured Persons (OB) who are confirmed positive for COVID-19 before April 1, 2022, SOCSO will still process the claim as a Work Accident.
Please refer to the PERKESO website at the link www.perkeso.gov.my
Contact the SOCSO Careline number at 1-300-22-8000