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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Free Health Screening for SOCSO members

On 23rd January, 2014, the Sun Daily on its front page headlined: "SOCSO BAFFLED". Of the 1.9 million workers that the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) had offered free health screening to, only 326,690 took up the offer. SOCSO deputy chief executive (operations) Datuk Dr. Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said, it was the first health screening for 65% of those who went for the free health screening. The results revealed:

  • 222 women who did a mammogram, found suspicious-looking lumps;
  • 37.9% were overweight;
  • 18% were obese;
  • 16.1% were diabetic;
  • 39.9% had high blood pressure;
  • 58.9% had high cholesterol.
Datuk Dr. Mohammed Azman added¸ the free health screening vouchers were given to workers aged 40 and above.

Under the scheme, SOCSO had allocated RM200 million to finance a free one-off health screening for workers, at 3,068 clinics nationwide. The offer had ended on 31st December 2013, but due to poor response, has been extended to June 2014.

SOCSO was established to provide social security to employees and their dependents. Its Malay name is PERKESO (Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial). SOCSO was established in 1971 under the auspices of the Human Resource Ministry (then known as the Labour Ministry), to implement and administer various schemes under the Employees' Social Security Act 1969. In 1985, SOCSO was converted from a government department to a statutory body. Among its functions are: registration of employers and employees, collection of employee/employer contributions, processing claims and paying interest to injured employees and their dependents, et cetera.

References
1. The Sun Daily, "SOCSO Baffled", 23rd January 2014. 
2. SOCSO website, "Profil".

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