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David Sergeenko

Health Minister on Rise in Pension: Politicians’ Promises Should not be Populist

Politicians’ promises should not be  populist, but rather be based on realistic estimates. The Health Minister David Sergeenko said before  the government’s session in response to the question about a pension increase by GEL 50.

According to him, the law on the budget is approved by the Parliament and the Parliament should not be deprived of the opportunity  to discuss this topic. The Minister says  that the law approved by Parliament will be implemented by  the government.

As for the universal  health care budget increase envisaged in  the 2016 draft budget, Sergeenko says it is a natural process and this practice is adopted in many countries.

“The Universal Healthcare was one of the biggest steps forward that has been made. I want to emphasize two postulates – there isn’t greater value than human life and health. Money spent for healthcare is a direct investment in the economy,” says the Minister of Health.

In the Minister’s words,  in Georgia half of the population,  who were unable to see the doctor and refused  self-treatment, today have this opportunity  to do so, which means that the reform is on the correct path.

United National Movement considers the 2016 budget increase by GEL 50 pension quiet realistic. As for the Universal Healthcare budget, it will increase from GEL 470 million to 570 million.