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NDM suggests a national health scheme instead of GCT on insurance premiums

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 3:13 PM
National Democratic Movement (NDM) President Peter Townsend

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) is suggesting that the government set up a national health insurance scheme instead of imposing general consumption tax (GCT) on group health insurance premiums.

In a release this morning, NDM President Peter Townsend called the imposition of GCT on health insurance a retrograde step. He says the move will result in people losing benefits and being forced to visit the "already sick and dilapidated public health care system" to access care.

Townsend says the plan should be a public-private partnership, managed by the private sector. He says workers and self-employed persons should contribute to the plan.