Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Asia and the Pacific, 2008

 

Burma (Myanmar)

Exchange rate: US$1.00 equals 450 kyats.

Old Age, Disability, and Survivors

Regulatory Framework

No statutory old-age, disability, and survivor benefits are provided. (A funeral grant is provided under Sickness and Maternity, below.)

Special systems for civil servants; permanent employees of state boards, state corporations, and municipal authorities; and armed forces personnel.

Sickness and Maternity

Regulatory Framework

First and current law: 1954 (social security), implemented in 1956.

Type of program: Social insurance system. Cash and medical benefits.

Coverage

Certain groups of state enterprise employees, certain types of civil servants, and temporary and permanent employees of public or private firms with five or more employees in commerce or in specified industries (railways, ports, mines, and oilfields).

Coverage is provided in 108 townships, including Yangon, Mandalay, Mawlamyaing, Pathein, and Bago, and is being extended gradually to other regions.

Exclusions: Self-employed persons, workers in private establishments with less than five employees, construction workers, agricultural workers, and fishermen.

Source of Funds

Insured person: 1.5% of monthly earnings, according to 15 wage classes.

The minimum and maximum monthly earnings for contribution calculation purposes are based on 15 wage classes.

The insured's contributions also finance the work injury funeral grant.

Self-employed person: Not applicable.

Employer: 1.5% of monthly payroll, according to 15 wage classes.

The minimum and maximum monthly earnings for contribution calculation purposes are based on 15 wage classes.

The employer's contributions also finance the work injury funeral grant.

Government: Subsidies as required.

Qualifying Conditions

Cash sickness benefits: Must have at least 17 weeks of contributions in the last 26 weeks. A medical officer of the Social Security Board must certify the insured as incapable of work.

Coverage is provided for up to 26 weeks after the last day of covered employment for involuntarily unemployed persons registered as unemployed.

Cash maternity benefit: Must have at least 26 weeks of contributions in the 52 weeks before the expected date of childbirth.

Medical benefits: Must be in insured employment. There is no minimum qualifying period. Coverage is provided for up to 26 weeks after the last day of covered employment for involuntarily unemployed persons registered as unemployed.

Sickness and Maternity Benefits

Sickness benefit: The benefit is equal to 50% of the insured's average covered earnings in the 17 weeks before the onset of incapacity, according to 15 wage classes. The benefit is paid from the first day of incapacity for up to 26 weeks for one illness.

The minimum and maximum monthly earnings for benefit calculation purposes are based on 15 wage classes.

Maternity benefit: The benefit is equal to 66% of the insured's average covered earnings in the 26 weeks before maternity leave, according to 15 wage classes. The benefit is paid for a maximum of 12 weeks (6 weeks before and 6 weeks after) the expected date of childbirth.

The minimum and maximum monthly earnings for benefit calculation purposes are based on 15 wage classes.

Funeral grant: Paid to the person who paid for the funeral. The benefit is 1,000 kyats for the deceased's surviving spouse or child; otherwise, the benefit equals the actual cost of the funeral, up to 1,000 kyats.

Workers' Medical Benefits

Medical services are provided directly to patients through the Social Security Board's dispensaries and hospitals, the dispensaries of large employers, and public hospitals. Insured persons are registered with a dispensary and are covered only for services provided by the dispensary (except in the cases of emergency or upon referral from the dispensary). Medical benefits include medical care at the dispensary, emergency home care, specialist and laboratory services at a diagnostic center, necessary hospitalization, maternity care, and medicines.

The duration of benefits is 26 weeks for one illness (may be extended for medical reasons or in the interest of public health).

Dependents' Medical Benefits

Pediatric care is provided for an insured woman's newborn child up to the age of 6 months.

Administrative Organization

Ministry of Labor provides general supervision.

Social Security Board administers contributions and benefits.

Work Injury

Regulatory Framework

First law: 1923 (workmen's compensation).

Current law: 1954 (social security), implemented in 1956.

Type of program: Social insurance system.

Note: The 1923 law is still in force for agricultural workers and nonagricultural workers not covered by the current law.

Coverage

Certain groups of state enterprise employees, certain types of civil servants, and temporary and permanent employees of public or private firms with five or more employees in commerce or in specified industries (railways, ports, mines, and oilfields).

Coverage is provided in 108 townships, including Yangon, Mandalay, Mawlamyaing, Pathein, and Bago, and is being extended gradually to other regions.

Exclusions: Self-employed persons, workers in private establishments with less than five employees, construction workers, agricultural workers, and fishermen.

Employer liability under the Workmen's Compensation Act applies to all employees not covered by the Social Security Act.

Source of Funds

Insured person: None; see source of funds under Sickness and Maternity for the funeral grant.

Self-employed person: Not applicable.

Employer: 1% of monthly payroll, according to 15 wage classes; see source of funds under Sickness and Maternity for the funeral grant.

The minimum and maximum monthly earnings for contribution calculation purposes are based on 15 wage classes.

Government: None.

Qualifying Conditions

Work injury benefits: There is no minimum qualifying period.

Temporary Disability Benefits

The benefit is equal to 67% of the insured's average covered earnings in the 17 weeks before the disability began, according to 15 wage classes. The benefit is paid from the first day of incapacity for up to 52 weeks.

Permanent Disability Benefits

Permanent disability pension: If a total disability is assessed, the benefit is equal to 67% of the insured's average covered earnings in the 17 weeks before the disability began, according to 15 wage classes.

Constant-attendance supplement: If a total disability is assessed, 25% of the insured's pension is paid for the constant attendance of another person, as certified by a medical officer of the Social Security Board.

Partial disability: A percentage of the full pension is paid according to the assessed loss of capacity; if the loss of capacity is less than 20%, a lump sum is paid equal to 5 year of pension.

The percentage loss of capacity is assessed by medical officers of the Social Security Board and may be reassessed at any time at the request of the board. The board can temporarily or permanently suspend benefits if the insured fails to attend requested medical examinations.

Workers' Medical Benefits

Medical services are provided directly to patients through the Social Security Board's dispensaries and hospitals, the dispensaries of large employers, and public hospitals. Insured persons are registered with a dispensary and are covered only for services provided by the dispensary (except in the cases of emergency or upon referral from the dispensary). Medical benefits include medical care at the dispensary, emergency home health care, specialist and laboratory services at a diagnostic center, necessary hospitalization, physiotherapy, prostheses, appliances, and medicines.

There is no limit to duration.

Survivor Benefits

Survivor pension: The average benefit is 40% of the deceased's covered earnings, according to 15 wage classes. The pension is paid to the widow and ceases upon remarriage.

Orphan's pension: The average pension is 13% (20% for a full orphan) of the deceased's covered earnings, according to 15 wage classes for each orphan younger than age 16. A maximum of 3 orphans per family may receive a pension.

Other eligible survivors (in the absence of the above): A pension is paid to a widower or dependent relatives who are aged or have a disability. The pension for other survivors is determined by the Social Security Board, depending on the nature of the survivor's relationship with the deceased, personal income, working capacity, and other related conditions.

The maximum total survivor pension is equal to 67% of the deceased's average covered earnings in the 17 weeks before death, according to 15 wage classes. If the total of all survivor pensions exceeds the maximum, the pensions are reduced proportionately.

Funeral grant: Paid to the person who paid for the funeral. The benefit is 1,000 kyats for the deceased's surviving spouse or child; otherwise, the benefit equals the actual cost of the funeral, up to 1,000 kyats.

Administrative Organization

Ministry of Labor provides general supervision.

Social Security Board administers contributions and benefits.