4 June 2014

South Africa: EFF Rejects the Parliament Medical Scheme

press release

Economic Freedom Fighters rejects the medical scheme of parliament (Parmed) and will withdraw all its representatives from it. The medical scheme is imposed and forced on members of parliament regardless of their choice. It is based on an illegal apartheid legislation established in 1975 (Medical Aid Schemes Act) and all members of the democratic parliament from 1994 have been compliment with it since.

This medical scheme was questioned yesterday during the induction workshop of new parliamentarians and parliament could not even account why it is compulsory. This medical scheme, which will take a minimum of R4300 from each member of parliament is by far one of the most expensive in the country. This amount excludes dependents, which means MPs will spend no less than R8600 depending on the number of dependents.

Those who have been in parliament since 1994, have allowed complied with unjust laws. EFF shall put the legislation for review and ensure that no member of parliament is forced to use the scheme, on the contrary the principle should be that members of parliament, together with ministers should be forced to use public healthcare over which they preside.

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