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Security guards urged to sign up for health insurance scheme

Published:Saturday | February 18, 2017 | 2:28 AM

The Private Security Regulations Authority is urging security guards to sign up for the self-contributory health insurance scheme that is provided through Guardian Life.

The Authority’s Executive Director, Rosalyn Campbell, says health insurance is one of the most basic rights that all employees should have, including security guards.

Campbell says the health insurance plan takes effect on April 1 and she is encouraging guards to meet the March 15 deadline for enrolment.

The cost of the health scheme ranges between $997 and $3,767.

Security guards have been slow in signing up for the health insurance scheme saying they cannot afford it.

They lament that the low wages in the industry do not allow them to take on additional expenses.

Last month, it was disclosed that less than 200 of the country’s more than 22,000 registered security guards had signed up for the scheme.