Sunday September 30, 2012
EPF: Patients must get nod from medical board
PETALING JAYA: Terminally ill patients who want to withdraw their Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) savings to pay for medical expenses will need certification from a medical board or panel clinic appointed by the body.
EPF chief economist Norasikin Abd Hamid said their EPF savings would help them obtain the required care and treatment as well as pay for better home nursing or alternative treatment.
“These withdrawals will require certification by practitioners in a medical board or panel clinic appointed by the EPF,” she said in a statement here yesterday.
She said EPF contributors were currently allowed to withdraw their savings from both their Account 1 and 2 if they were certified physically or mentally-incapacitated for work.
Norasikin said the EPF benefits would be extended to Muslim members who want to perform the Haj.
She said they could withdraw up to RM3,000 from their Account 2 to supplement costs for the jemaah muassasah package.
“This will benefit members below 50 performing their first Haj. Umrah is excluded,” she said.
Norasikin said the new benefit would take effect from the 2013 Haj season, adding that further details would be announced soon.
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