The Health Council monitors and enforces compliance with the Health Insurance Act 1970 and the Health Insurance (Exemption) Regulations 1971. In accordance with the Health Insurance Act 1970, employers must provide laid-off employees with four weeks of standard health benefit coverage, starting from the first day of the layoff period.
Every employer is required to provide health insurance for employees working over 15 hours per week and more than two months in the calendar year, according to the Health Insurance (Exemption) Regulations 1971. They must also insure an employee’s non-working spouse. The employer is responsible for paying the full health insurance policy premium. They are only required to contribute half of the standard premium rate. The employer may deduct the rest of the premium amount from the employee’s pay.