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Circene: healthcare funding regulations will not motivate people to pay social tax

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURegulations included in the healthcare funding legislative draft will not motivate residents to pay taxes, said representative of Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ingrīda Circene in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

She believes a good idea is ruined by a piece of regulation that will make residents pay fees equal to 1% of minimal monthly wages in exchange for full basket of medical services.

As an example, she mentions that statistical data show that the hourly rate of a concrete mixer is EUR 7. To receive a full basket of medical services, a concrete mixes has to work an average of 33 minutes a month.

Circene believes that under a fair tax system, all residents able to work would have to pay social tax from minimal wage. Only under such conditions will it be possible for residents to receive all services included in the medical services basket.

On Thursday, 30 November, the Saeima will discuss the healthcare funding legislative draft developed to improve funding for healthcare and the sector’s longevity.

Healthcare Ministry’s developed draft states that 4% of GDP will be allocated for healthcare in 2020.

It is expected that state-funded minimum of healthcare services for all residents regardless of their social fees will include emergency medical assistance, obstetrics, family doctor services and medicine and medical equipment used in treatment.

To receive the full basket of medical services, residents will have to register for mandatory health insurance.

It is mentioned in the document that rights for state mandatory health insurance are available for persons that perform payments for state social insurance fees in accordance with the Law on State Social Insurance, as well as state protected persons or residents that have performed health insurance fees, which will be 1% of minimal wage for non-payers of taxes, 3% in 2018 and 5% in 2020.

It is also planned to extend from 42 to 70 days the opportunity for pregnant women and women in post-birth period to be relieved of patient fees for medical services associated with pregnancy and post-childbirth observation.

Deputies had previously supported the proposal to relieve second group invalids from patient fees starting from 2021. It was decided to realize this step in the next medium-term budget, because provisional predictions state that an additional amount of EUR 10 million may be required.

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