PM seeks public advice on 2% salary tax for medical purposes

first_imgLocalNews PM seeks public advice on 2% salary tax for medical purposes by: – April 26, 2012 Hon. Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has made a proposal to the people of Dominica that would require a 2% tax on their salaries for what he describes as a worthy cause.The Prime Minister, who is also responsible for Finance, said he wants public advice on whether he should impose a 2% levy on the workforce which would go towards a special fund for persons who may have to travel abroad for medical attention.Skerrit said while government is always willing to help Dominicans in these circumstances, it is putting a dent in the treasury’s purse.“We need to create a special committee where we can be advised of what are the services our people go out of Dominica for. What are the technical services we need, human resources, to ensure that our people can get that service because I see too many of our people suffer because they do not have the money to go out of Dominica to get medical care. Our goal should be to provide those services at a minimal charge to our people and I believe it can be achieved. One of the ways we can finance it, partly, is by a proposal I have put before the public, where every working persons in this country can contribute to 2% of his salary,” he said.The Prime Minister said measures must be put in place to finance their “road to recovery”.“Someone may say that I have insurance and this not for me. But life is a very strange thing. Today we are up there and tomorrow we are down there. Do not wait for when it affects your family or you directly to be concerned. The fact is everyone one of us will find ourselves on a hospital bed at some point,” he said.He also called on nurses to work with government, to achieve a better health care service for Dominica.Dominica Vibes News 31 Views   3 comments Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img