KUALA LUMPUR: The mySalam B40 health protection scheme has paid out RM40,200 since it was introduced in January this year, says Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah.
He said the claim process would take about two weeks if the application was complete.
"As of April 4, a total of 1,094 claims have been applied for under the scheme, and RM40,200 has been paid for 97 claims.
"From the total, 95 were for hospital admissions and the remaining two for cases of critical illness involving a RM8,000 one-off payment,” he told Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim (BN-Batang Lupar) during Question Time.
Rohani had asked the ministry to state the number of B40 participants registered under the scheme.
The mySalam scheme was introduced with a start-up contribution of RM2bil from Great Eastern insurance and takaful companies.
Under the scheme, those aged from 18 to 55 are eligible. Selected recipients of Bantuan Sara Hidup would get free health protection for 36 critical illnesses.
A one-off RM8,000 would be made to the recipient, if he or she was diagnosed with a critical illness.
To a supplementary question from Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (PH-Jeli), who asked if the scheme would be made permanent if it was found to be effective to help the lower income group, Amiruddin said the current plan was for five years.
“If the scheme is proven to ease the burden of the B40 group, the government will study the possibility of extending it,” he said.