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Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act No. 130 of 1993)

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Circular Instruction No. 178 - Compensation for Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Health Care Workers

4. Benefits


The benefits payable according to the Act:


4.1 Temporary disablement


Payment for temporary total or partial disablement shall be made for as long as such disablement continues, but not for a period exceeding 24 months.


4.2 Permanent disablement


Payment for permanent disablement shall be made, where applicable, and when a final medical report is received. The final medical report and lung function test must be submitted 12 months after completion of treatment of tuberculosis or when the treating medical practitioner considers that no further improvement is anticipated.


4.3 Medical Aid


Medical aid shall be provided for a period of not more than 24 months from the date of diagnosis or longer, if in the opinion of the Director General, further medical aid will reduce the extent of the disablement. Medical aid covers costs of diagnosis of tuberculosis and any necessary treatment provided by any health care provider. The Compensation Commissioner shall decide on the need for, the nature and sufficiency of medical aid supplied.


4.4        Death benefits


Reasonable burial expenses, widow‘s and dependant’s pensions may be payable, where applicable, if the employee dies as a result of pulmonary tuberculosis.