Published On: Thu, Dec 5th, 2013

MFK wants clarification on SOAB advice insurance

ConstanciaWILLEMSTAD – The political party MFK has asked the Minister of Health, Ben Whiteman for clarification on the advice given by the public accountants’ bureau (SOAB). This bureau did a research to see if the premium for basic health insurance for the elderly can be reduced. The party wants to know what the government is planning to do with this research.

The Member of Parliament for MFK and former Minister of Health, Jacintha Scoop-Constansia wants to know what was concluded from the SOAB investigation, what the possibilities are for a premium reduction for the elderly and how far the government is to make a decision on this issue. She also wants to know how the government plans to fund the possible reduction and if this will be at the expense of other groups of taxpayers. Finally, she wants to know whether the Government has sought advice from the Advisory Council and the Social and Economic Council (SER).

Premium rate

The former Minister of Health, Nature and Environment is concerned that the government has tacitly maintained the insurance premium for next year. According to the Basic Insurance Health Ordinance any change in the level of income-related premium should be established no later than December 1 of the following year, says Scoop-Constancia. If this is not done, then the current premium rates continue in effect in 2014 and therefore there will be no reduction. Until now, the government has not announced anything yet about new premium rates, which would mean that retirees will have to pay the same premium next year.

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