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This calling would be familiar to you if you have a domestic helper back at home.
As of June 2019, there are about 256,000 foreign domestic workers in Singapore. It is not surprising with Singapore being a dual income familiy and its aging population - more household duties have to be outsourced from other countries. Maid Insurance is an insurance that helps to cover the welfare and financial costs of both you as an employer and your domestic helper in the case of an unfortunate event.
Is it really necessary? Hiring a domestic helper is already expensive enough, yet you still have to purchase more insurance for a "stranger".
Well, it is in fact compulsory. While your domestic helper has to answer to your wife (the MOM of the house), you as an employer will have to answer to the Ministry of Manpower (the real MOM in Singapore).
The Ministry of Manpower requires you, the employer to minimally provide your domestic helper with:
As such, this renders a Maid Insurance necessary, and at least cheaper for you as compared to buying 2 separate insurance plans.
That being said, having a domestic worker at home is similar to having another family member - another mouth to provide for. In that sense, she has traveled far away from her home country to help out with your household activities and to take care of your children. It should only be right for you to take care and ensure her well being as form of respect to her family members back at home.
Most Maid Insurance Plans would have at least hit the minimum requirement of MOM Singapore.
They should mainly cover:
Add-Ons may include:
Here is the current list of Maid Insurances with reviews that Singaporeans can compare before buying the Maid Insurance of your choice. We have made a comparison of the premiums between all the Maid insurances (Most Basic and 26 years policy term, inclusive of GST) that we have considered in the above list and have summarized the findings below:
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The $5000 security bond is a mandatory payment to the Ministry of Manpower for non-Malaysian domestic workers. It serves as a guarantee that you or your domestic worker will not break any laws or work permit conditions. This security bond has to be paid by employers and must be paid before your domestic helper arrives in Singapore.
The additional two months of coverage is a requirement by MOM, to ensure that your helper has an additional two months of coverage after her work permit expires, in case of unforeseen circumstances where her repatriation is not immediate.
While the compulsory coverage fulfils the mandated requirement by MOM, it does not protect you or your domestic helper against other common losses and risks. It is often recommended to purchase a policy beyond the mandated coverage, especially since it does not cost significantly more.
This would depend on whether your insurance covers for outpatient treatment costs. As it stands, the basic insurance requirement by MOM does not require outpatient treatment coverage. However, most insurance providers do provide coverage for outpatient treatment costs, though usually only covered if the treatment needed is a result of an accident.
Besides the basic required coverage by MOM, it is important to consider what is important to you before purchasing a maid insurance. As add-ons do not cost significantly more, it may be worthwhile purchasing a policy with more comprehensive insurance, especially with coverage for medical and hospital expenses.
First notify the your insurance provider and submit the relevant documents and information specified by your provider to kickstart the claims process.
Yes, you will be able to do so at higher premium charges.
Third Party Liability coverage provides you with indemnity against paying compensation, in the event that your helper commits any damage or injury to any third parties.
Most insurance companies offer coverage for either 14 or 26 months instead of 12 or 24 months. The additional two months of coverage is a requirement by MOM, to ensure that your helper has an additional two months of coverage after her work permit expires, in case of unforeseen circumstances where her repatriation is not immediate.
Maid insurance plans are categorised into three tiers (basic, mid-, top-tier) for durations of either 14 or 26 months, depending on your choice. While the exact cost of maid insurance will eventually depend on the extend and duration of coverage, you should expect to pay about $260-$360 for a 26-month policy across the tiers.
You may approach any insurance provider to purchase your maid insurance. Some maid agencies may also be able to assist you in purchasing a policy of the required minimum coverage.
Yes, you should be able to receive a refund of premium calculated based on the remaining period of insurance coverage.
The waiver of counter indemnity is where the insurance provider limits the loss of your $5000 compulsory security bond deposit to $250 or to whichever stated amount in the event of a contract breach by your domestic helper. This is a optional add-on feature to your maid insurance policy.
It is important to know when coverage for your maid insurance kicks in to ensure your domestic helper is covered when she starts work. In general, the start date of a maid insurance is usually five days from the date of purchase and within fourteen days from the date of application.
Coverage will cease when your domestic helper returns back to her home country and resume when she returns.