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A Step Forward: Royal Government’s Health Equity Fund Initiative for Informal Tourism Workers

by Surya Narayan
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In a commendable move, the Royal Government of Cambodia has extended its Health Equity Fund system to include individuals working in the informal tourism sector, with a special focus on women employed in bars, discos, karaoke, beer gardens, massage parlors, and spas. This initiative, announced on June 13, signifies the government’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of all Cambodians, regardless of their employment status.

As a nation that takes pride in its peace and political stability, the Royal Government’s decision to provide health care to informal tourism workers is a testament to its dedication to uplifting the lives of its citizens. This move is in line with the government’s policy of “not abandoning any citizen” and is a significant step towards reducing poverty and financial vulnerability among the nation’s workforce.

The Health Equity Fund system, which covers the full cost of health care, will undoubtedly bring relief to countless individuals who have long been excluded from state-sponsored benefits. By offering free access to public health facilities across the country, the Royal Government is making a significant investment in the health and well-being of its people, which will ultimately contribute to a healthier, more prosperous nation.

“The Royal Government’s decision to extend the Health Equity Fund system to informal tourism workers is a testament to its dedication to uplifting the lives of its citizens. This move signifies a more inclusive and equitable society, ensuring that no Cambodian is left behind in our collective pursuit of a healthier, more prosperous nation.”

In order to ensure the successful implementation of this initiative, the Royal Government has urged employers, business owners, and establishments in the informal tourism sector to compile lists of eligible workers. These lists will be submitted to the Capital-Province or City / District / Khan Administration for verification before being forwarded to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) for registration.

This collaborative approach between the government, employers, and workers is a positive example of how a united front can make a tangible difference in the lives of ordinary Cambodians. By working together, these parties are not only helping to improve the health and well-being of informal tourism workers but also contributing to a better and more inclusive Cambodia.

As we look ahead, the Health Equity Fund initiative for informal tourism workers is an encouraging step towards a more equitable society. It is our hope that this move will inspire further efforts to expand social protection interventions, ensuring that no Cambodian is left behind in our collective pursuit of a healthier, more prosperous nation.

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