10/24/2021 20:38 number of readings 181 Section : file and analysis
Employees refuse health insurance law deductions for lack of confidence in the way they are invested, as well as corruption
Baghdad / Obelisk: With the approaching start of the implementation of the health insurance and the start of the Ministry of Finance to make mandatory deductions from the salaries of employees, social media, street conversations and private and public meetings are buzzing with the opinions of citizens who are upset about the deductions that will strike their salaries.
The head of the Iraqi Doctors Syndicate, Jassem Al-Azzawi, said in a televised statement that the law will include, in its first stage, three million Iraqis during the next six months, while noting that the health insurance law must be applied despite the presence of some shortcomings in the health system.
Al-Azzawi explained that the state will contribute to health insurance, which is better than insurance companies, which collect approximately $1,000 per year or a little less, stressing that 10% of this amount will be paid by the citizen to the insurance fund, which may not exceed 100,000 dinars annually.
According to unofficial information, deductions amount to approximately 10% of the salary per month, meaning that 100,000 dinars are deducted from the employee who receives one million dinars per month, but other information indicates that the deduction is only 1%, meaning that 10 thousand dinars are deducted per month from those whose salary is one million dinars. monthly.
Although popular voices came to pass the long-awaited health insurance law, employees expressed their strong dissatisfaction with the deduction that would hit their salaries.
Hassanein Al-Khafaji, an employee in the Ministry of Education, says: In a country like Iraq, this law is considered theft of another kind.
Al-Khafaji added that forcing the employee in itself is a transgression of his rights as an individual to express an opinion about acceptance or not, that is, if the law was beneficial and tempting to the employees, there was no need for coercion.
But Falah Al-Khurasan - an employee in the Ministry of Communications - said, that health insurance is a global system approved by most developed countries.
The employee with a salary of one million dinars pays only 10 thousand dinars per month, and if a disease occurs and he visits the hospital, he receives a reduction and everything may reach 80% of costs.
As the employee in the Ministry of Labor, Muhammad Qassem, says, mocking the law: It is hoped that the state will open a fund that will deduct 50% of the salaries in order to discover the percentages of unknown fathers, and it is possible that the state will cancel the salaries and work with the barter system!
However, Mustafa Al-Hiti, the captain of the Pharmacists' Syndicate, stated in a press statement that there are different payment rates, indicating that the citizen covered by the health insurance will pay 25% of the cost of medical services he receives, compared to 75% that will be paid by the insurance fund.
Citizens fear that the financial deductions will go to other than their intended purposes, and will go into the pockets of the corrupt,
or invest incorrectly due to red tape and poor management,
expecting that even if funds are available from the deductions, the health sector will remain as it is of neglect and weak infrastructure.