SZV offices closed, emergencies should be directed to SMMC

PHILIPSBURG–Social and Health Insurances SZV said on Friday that its offices in Philipsburg are not open to the public at this time.

“Unfortunately, at this time we cannot assist you if you visit our offices. Our staff is working very hard to get the office open again as soon as possible,” SZV said in a press release on Friday.

Medical emergencies should be directed to St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) until further notice. Regarding the payment of ZV/OV Declarations by employers, SZV said payments of premiums can be made online to the SZV bank account. No cash payments are possible at SZV’s offices at the moment.

It is not possible to submit declarations online at the moment. The deadline to submit the declarations for the month of September (the 15th) has been extended until further notice.

Contacting SZV is possible via private Facebook Message on its Facebook page. “We aim to have our local lines operational soon.”

SZV is working together with stakeholders locally and abroad to assist customers who are pending a medical referral abroad at this moment. All urgent cases will be handled via SMMC, all non-urgent cases will be re-scheduled at the earliest possible dates. “Persons should not come to SZV offices regarding medical referrals at this time as urgent cases as we are unable to assist and these are processed via the SMMC.”

SZV said there are no flights inbound to St. Maarten at this time. Customers who are abroad for medical referral will have to stay pending until it is possible to travel back to St. Maarten. SZV’s international Agents will assist with any questions in this regard.

For its customers who have evacuated to Curacao temporarily; SZV said it will update them via their Facebook page regarding the validity of their SZV card in Curacao. “SZV will make contact phone numbers in Curacao available shortly and also a list of pharmacies and general practitioners you can visit during your stay. These will be the health care providers that will accept your SZV card in Curacao. Please stay pending for details,” SZV said in the release.

For persons who have to renew their SZV cards, SZV said this will be possible once its offices in St. Maarten are open again. “If you have an expired card or soon to be expired card at the moment and require medical attention; Healthcare providers locally have been given a list of persons who are insured and can assist you based on this. This will remain in place until further notice.”

For general inquires or messages persons can send SZV a message via their Facebook page

Source: The Daily Herald