The head of DIDA demands health coverage for pensioners
SANTO DOMINGO. The majority of the pensioners of the public sector affiliated to the Dominican System of Pensions do not have health insurance, which contradicts the spirit of Law 87 – 01 on Social Security which establishes that the system provide the benefit to all those who are in this category.
This statement is by the head of the Directorate of Information and Defense of the Affiliates (DIDA), Nelsida Marmolejos, who said that only about 35,000 persons have health coverage, and this is because they belong to the special project of the Presidency, where the Government contributes the economic resources for this purpose.
She said that they don’t have the total number of pensioners affected and that the National Council of Social Security (CNSS) analyzes the issue with the Ministry of Hacienda in order to determine the amount that the system should spend to cover this part.
As of September of this year the total population is affiliated to the Pension System of Social Security was 3,015,120.
“The majority are without health insurance, contradicting the Law, in many persons do not want to be pension because this means that they will remain without this health protection,” said Marmolejos.
The head of the DIDA spoke on the issue at the Regional Latin American For a on Social Protection: Social Security and Citizen Defense in the Dominican Republic, where national and international experts discuss the issue.
Marmolejos said that this situation of the pensioners reflects the incoherence which exists in the application of the Social Security Law.
“We, as employees, pay the future Social Security, saving the state, through Social Security, from having to take on the cost of the pensioners,” she argued.
She explained that the solution is to comply with the law which calls for health coverage for the pensioners who provided their contributions, because the protection should be from the cradle to the grave.
Challenges for the SDSS
The head of the DIDA recognized major advances in Social Security, but she cited several challenges, which she feels are the main ones, among these: the extension of coverage, the elimination of stumbling blocks and exclusions for the delivery of pensions for disability and survivors. Also she lists the integral implementations of the Basic Health Plan (PBS) and the levels of health attention, including the pensioners and their dependents in the Family Health Insurance, as well as domestic employees, of independent workers and professionals and an increase in the limit to pensions.
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