Company must pay medical bills if employee falls sick on duty

According to Articles 144, 145 and 146 of the federal labour law, where a worker meets with an accident during duty or contracts an occupational disease, the employer shall pay for the cost of his treatment in a local government or public medical centre until he recovers or is declared disabled. Treatment shall include residence in a hospital or sanatorium, surgical operations, expenditure on X-rays and medical analyses, the purchase of medicines and rehabilitation equipment and the supply of artificial limbs and other prosthetic appliances for any person who is declared disabled. In addition to what he supplies, the employer shall pay the cost of any transport entailed by treatment provided for the worker.

Additionally, if the injury prevents the worker from carrying out his work, the employer shall pay him a cash allowance equal to his full pay throughout the period of treatment or for a period of six months whichever is shorter.

Moreover, the cash allowance referred to shall be calculated on the basis of the last remuneration received in the case of a worker remunerated on a monthly, weekly, daily or hourly basis.

Article 142 of the same law defines the occupational disease as the diseased listed in Schedules 1 and 2 attached to the labour law.

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