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Vice Minister: large employers ready for mandatory medical insurance

by October 18, 2016 Fun

Large employers are ready for mandatory social medical insurance. This was informed by the Vice Minister of Health and Social Development of Kazakhstan Aleksey Tsoy during the meeting of a working group of the Parliaments Mazhilis on the draft law On introducing the amendments and additions to some legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on mandatory social medical insurance.

We have reviewed such key suppliers as Karachaganak Petroleum Operating, Atytau Refinery, Transenergo, and Vostokenergo. We have looked through collective agreements. You say not ready, but these organizations have already included in their collective agreement the compensation as mandatory social medical insurance and voluntary medical insurance. I.e. the enterprises have already included it in their collective agreements – its a social responsibility of enterprises. It is improved health of their employees. The less they are sick, the less they require the sick leave, etc. In general, it is the health of the nation. There is an integrated approach and shared responsibility, Aleksey Tsoy said.

The Vice Minister also noted that informatization level at the public medical organizations of Kazakhstan is sufficient for the introducing the system of mandatory social medical insurance.

The working group discussed 22 amendments included in the comparative table. The most heated debates was caused by the proposal of the Deputy of Communist Peoples Party of Kazakhstan Vladislav Kossarev to postpone the introduction of the mandatory social medical insurance for 2 years. The Mazhilisman substantiates his proposal with the fact that transfer of insurance contributions will cause additional financial burden at a time when a lot of companies are experiencing difficulties. In addition, according to the Deputy, medical organizations are not sufficiently computerized.

The existing Law On Mandatory Social Medical Insurance of November 16, 2015, provides for paying the amounts payable to the Medical Insurance Fund since January 1, 2017, in the amount of 2% of the calculation object with the following increase to 5% since January 1, 2020. The draft law being discussed provides for postponement until July 1, 2017. Employers contributions payable to the Fund, according to the existing Law, are set from January 1, 2019, in the amount of 1% of the object of calculation. Contributions from individual entrepreneurs and the range of other categories of citizens established since January 1, 2017, are postponed for July 1, 2017, in accordance with the draft law.

Deputy Kossarev offers to postpone the beginning of the employers contributions for January 1, 2019, the beginning of employees contributions � for January 1, 2021, of individual entrepreneurs and the range of other categories of citizens � for January 1, 2019.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan