Published On: Mon, May 19th, 2014

Tax Collector: “The salary of 80.000 insured citizens will be seized”

Tax InspectorateWILLEMSTAD - The payment of the nominal premium of the general health insurance is a fiasco. Debt collectors of the Tax Department will seize the salaries of more than 80,000 people. Alfonso Trona, Tax Collector of Curacao, says that only a small proportion has paid the 82 guilders per month. A total of 95,000 people have a medical card in possession.

Basic insurance

In February 2013 the basic insurance was introduced. The insurance consists of several parts. Citizens should pay the nominal contribution. Insured persons who are over 18 and have an income of at least 12,000 guilders per year have to pay those 82 guilders. According to the law, the citizens have to pay at least half of the premium by January 30 of each fiscal year. Per June 30 of the same tax year, the second half must be paid.

Income

Of the 95,000 insured persons who are registered with the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) and who have their insurance card, only 9,500 people paid. The money to be received represents a significant part of the revenue, which is needed for the government to pay for medical care.

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