Published On: Thu, Feb 28th, 2013

Basic medical insurance approved in Parliament

SVBWILLEMSTAD —With 10 votes against and 11 votes in favor the basic medical insurance was approved in parliament and will go into effect as of February 1, 2013. The insurance applies for all groups currently insured by the SVB and BZV, excluding civil servants until 2015. Those insured include workers, PP-patients, former Shell-employees and government pensioners (FZOG). The insurance coverage does not include glasses and dentist for those 18-years and older.

Considering the fact that especially PP-insurants (less privileged, low-income) will be deprived of these treatments, the government included a special provision for this group, to be financed by the ministry of Social affairs.

Insurants with an income lower than Naf. 1000 are premium free while those earning more than Naf. 1000 will have to pay 12% from their income. Pensioners with an income lower than Naf. 1000 will pay 10%.

The opposition pleaded for the government pensioners who will get less for their premium, now that glasses and dentist excluded. The government promised to apply reparation legislation after the introduction.

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