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Government employees and their medical aid

06 June 2014, 07:50
Government employees and their medical aid.
The EFF, for what it’s worth need to be commended on its most recent statements relevant to the medical aid of civil servant, including parliamentarians, or the lack of freedom of choice in respect of a medical aid, that should be part of the employment conditions of employment.
GEMS being the Government Employees Medical Aid Scheme, yet on closer scrutiny it becomes evident that it is a money making machine (‘milking cow’) for its management, which consists mostly of POPCRU Union members, that is reaping on astronomical monthly contributions that its members are by implication forced to pay.
Taken a civil servant that earns R 15 000 a month, whom has to pay R 3 000 for the privilege that he and his family are covered by a medical aid, and applying the same monthly contributions to a parliamentarian that is earning R 85 000 per month, who will also only pay R 5 000 is ludicrous. Percentage wise this is totally out of context, and if taken that the parliamentarian has the benefit of other privileges that he/she enjoys as part of their remuneration package, the entire calculation of monthly premiums ridiculous to say the least.
Many a civil servant would be paying R 36 000 a year in respect of his/her medical aid contributions, whereas he/she might not even use it in the year, but by implication is forced to be a member, not having any alternative choices, or being allowed to exercise his/her freedom of choice in selecting a medical aid that would suit his/her requirements which in most cases would be much cheaper that what he/she is paying towards his/her membership of GEMS.
Freedom of choice is enshrined in the Constitution of our Country yet when civil servants in their ambit of employment should have the right to exercise such choices, are compelled to accept, irrespective of its disastrous consequences, something that on closer scrutiny is unfair, biased, and disproportionate to its benefits that it supposedly holds for members.
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