Singapore has an Employment Act that provides terms and working conditions for all types of employees. The Employment Act covers any person who has entered into a contract of service with an employer and regulates the relationships between employers and employees.
The funds for medical benefits come from the employee salary. Businesses are required to make contributions to the social security savings scheme, the Central Provident Fund (CPF), of 17% of the employee salary. There is also a national medical savings scheme that employees must contribute to, and employers are also required to provide entitlements and healthcare benefits to their employees.
Here are some of the medical benefits employees are entitled to in Singapore:
- Sick Leave and Hospitalization Leave
The Employment Act of Singapore states that employees who have worked for at least 3 months are required to get paid sick and hospitalization on an annual basis. The hospitalization leave is to be verified by a medical practitioner. Singapore employees get up to 2 weeks paid sick leave each year if hospitalization isn’t necessary. If hospitalization is needed, employees get 60 days paid leave each year, including sick leaves.
- Stay-Home Leave
The Employment Act states that an employee is allowed to rest at home and be counted as being hospitalized. However, the stay-home leave has to be certified by an approved public medical institute.
- Fees Reimbursement for Medical Consultation
For any employee that has worked for at least 3 months, employers have to reimburse the medical consultation fees. Government or company-verified doctors, dentists, and specialists qualify. Employers do not have a legal obligation to pay for medical consultation or sick leaves if the employee visits the doctor on public holidays, rest days, annual leave, or non-working days. If the employee doesn’t submit a medical certificate after taking sick leaves or medical consultation, then the employer is not obligated to reimburse the amount.
- Paid Time-Off for Medical Appointments
The Ministry of Manpower states that employers are encouraged to be flexible in providing paid time off if an employee has to visit the doctor for important medical appointments. The employee should inform their supervisor in advance to accommodate the work schedule.
- Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA)
Contract-based employees and foreign workers are covered under the WICA. If an employee suffers an injury or gets infected with a disease as a result of the job, then the employer is liable to face all monetary damage. The act protects employees even if they stop working for you, if the work is canceled, and if an accident happens during an official foreign visit. The employer is entitled to provide medical leave wages, cover the medical expenses, and also offer compensation for permanent incapacity or even death.
To learn more about statutory benefits in Singapore, visit Global People Strategist