Social & Health

 

Bright Armenia faction head offers PM to create state labor inspection to ensure implementation of rights of employees
/Jan 21/Aysor/

Head of the Bright Armenia faction Edmon Marukyan has applied to the Armenian Prime Minister proposing creation of state labor inspection.
He stressed that for already few years the state labor inspection is not acting while current health and labor state inspection does not have the whole volume of the authorities like the state labor inspection had.
“It is being spoken about mass and periodical violations by many employers. Thousands of employees are working in extremely bad conditions without set time limitation, normal week-ends and with low salary. The others are not registered as a result they are deprived of having fixed working experience and will not get labor pension for these working years,” he stressed, adding that neither of the state bodies is dealing with the issues of the sector, thus an employee may restore its violated rights by applying to court only which, as known, takes time and money.

Marukyan said that as a result the citizens will not apply to court not to be involved in the judicial process while the employers are making use of it and continue violating the rights of employees.

“The state has left an employee face-to-face with the employer while it has its duties regarding protection of rights of employees,” he said, stressing the necessity of re-creating state labor inspection which will control the implementation of labor rights both on its initiative and on the basis of received applications.


Չարորակ հիվանդությունների վիրահատական բուժումը կլինի անվճար. Նախարար
/Jan 23/Verelq.am/

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Այսուհետ ուռուցքաբանական վիրահատության համար քաղաքացին գումար չի վճարի այն բժշկական կենտրոններում, որոնք ունեն պետպատվեր : Այս մասին ասուլիսում հայտարարեց ՀՀ առողջապահության նախարար Արսեն Թորոսյանը:

«Չարորակ հիվանդությունների վիրահատական բուժման համար քաղաքացիներն այսուհետ գումար չեն վճարի: Նման վիրահատությունների համար մի շարք բուժհիմնարկներում պետությունը գումարը կվճարի ամբողջությամբ», – նշեց նա:

Թորոսյանի խոսքով, 2019 թվականին ունեն մոտ 700 միլիոն դրամի աճ ուռուցքաբանական ծառայությունների համար, դա ավելացել է անցյալ տարվա 1.1 մլրդ դրամի վրա:

 «Քննարկումների արդյունքում եկանք նրան, որ պետք է մեղմենք քաղաքացիների վրա եղած բեռը՝ համավճարի մասին է խոսքը: Առաջ պետությունը ուռուցքաբանական վիրահատության համար վճարում էր գումարի շատ քիչ մասը և տրամաբանական չէր դա կոչել պետպատվեր: Այժմ որոշվել է, որ այդ գումարի մեծ մասը ծախսվելու է համավճարը հանելու համար և եթե կարիք կլինի ուռուցքաբանական վիրահատության այն բժշկական կենտրոններում, որոնք կունենան պետպատվեր, ապա վիրահատության համար քաղաքացին գումար չի վճարի»,- ասաց Արսեն Թորոսյանը:

Նախարարի խոսքով, պետությունը կփոխանցի գումարն ամբողջությամբ ու շուկայական գներով, ինչը  շատ կարևոր է:
 

Armenia’s PM says high-qualified specialists refuse to work in government due to low salaries
/Jan 23/Aysor/

Involvement of highly-qualified specialists in the government system is a problem, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in live video in Facebook today.
“There are people with certain qualification, we invite them to work as ministers, but they say, sorry, but we get 5-6 and some say they even get 10 million AMD salaries and we can’t come and work for 400-600 thousand AMD,” Pashinyan said, responding to the criticism addressed toward the government’s staff policy.

Pashinyan though added that he does not share the opinion that the government has worst staff but added that some people refuse to work as ministers due to low state salaries.
“They do not say they do not want to work as ministers and serve the country, but the salary is too low. They said they have taken loans, assumed financial commitments based on their salaries and now if they leave their high-paid jobs they will not manage to pay their debts,” Pashinyan said.
 

Government plans to include employed citizens in universal healthcare insurance
/Jan 23/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – The Armenian healthcare ministry is planning to introduce a universal medical insurance system.

Healthcare minister Arsen Torosyan said at a news conference today that registered employees will join the program in 2021.

“Many issues are yet to be decided”, he said. “For example what percentage of employed citizens’ salaries must go for insurance. But globally there is a practice of 2-30%. We are inclined to start from lower percentages, in order for it not to be a burden for citizens. We have certain numbers in mind, but since there are political decisions, these percentages will be changed. For example, if it’s decided that pensioners should also be included then this percentage will rise,” he said.

He said that the purpose for launching the program in 2021 is to make accurate calculations to minimize possible failures.

“By introducing the first phase for only employed citizens and citizens who are already benefiting from state medical insurance today, we are ensuring nearly 50% coverage,” he said, adding that the number will be gradually increased.

Torosyan said they will also discuss the issue of including pensioners in the program.


Cabinet defines 2019 allocations for social benefits
/Jan 23/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – The Armenian government has defined the 2019 amounts for social, family and urgent assistance benefits during today’s Cabinet meeting.

“The 2019 average monthly number for beneficiary families is 99900, of which 26799 receive social benefits and 73101 receive family benefits,” Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Zaruhi Batoyan said at the meeting.

She said that the 2019 state budget envisages a total of 37,698,315,4 in benefits.


Armenia ranks 105th on Corruption Perceptions Index 2018
/Jan 29/Panorama/

Armenia ranked 105th out of 180 nations with a score of 35 on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2018 released by Transparency International non-governmental organization on Tuesday, 29 January.

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.

It reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world. While there are exceptions, the data shows that despite some progress, most countries are failing to make serious inroads against corruption.

Armenia rose by two points from the previous year’s 107th place with the same score. Meantime, Armenia sat at 113rd with 33 points on the 2016 index.

Among the neighboring countries, Azerbaijan was much further down at 152nd place with a score of 25, while Turkey placed 78th with 41 points. Russia's score fell to 28, leaving it in 138th place. Georgia led the way for the region with a score of 58, making it 41st on the index.

Denmark and New Zealand top the index with 88 and 87 points, respectively. Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria are at the bottom of the list, with 10, 13 and 13 points, respectively.
 

Armenia and Belarus discuss healthcare cooperation
/Jan 29/ArmenPress.ama /

YEREVAN – Armenian healthcare minister Arsen Torosyan held a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Valery Malashkoy during a working visit to Belarus.

During the meeting, Malashkoy presented the country’s achievements in the healthcare sector, possible directions for cooperation between Armenia and Belarus in areas such as oncology, organ transplantation, diagnostics and treatment with new generation high tech devices, dentistry, pharmaceuticals and others, the healthcare ministry said.

The sides discussed possibilities of Belarus’s legal and expert assistance in the transplantation area. At the same time, the sides considered the issue of organizing treatment of Armenian citizens in Belarus – taking into consideration an agreement signed as part of the CIS.

Torosyan and his delegation also visited the Republican Scientific Center of Oncology of Belarus, the Hematology and Immunology Scientific-Research Center and viewed the achievements of the facilities.

990 cases of domestic violence recorded in Armenia last year  cases of domestic violence recorded in Armenia last year
/Jan 30/News.am/

YEREVAN. – Around 990 cases of domestic violence were registered in Armenia last year, police official Armen Ghukasyan said during a press conference on Wednesday.

According to him, in 413 cases a warning was made, while 128 cases required immediate interference of law enforcement officers.

Salaries of Yerevan kindergartens’ personnel to be increased by 20%
/Jan 30/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Salaries of Yerevan kindergartens’ personnel will be increased by 20%, Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan told journalists on Tuesday. 
In his words, the increase will become possible in March or April. 
“All employees, but principals and their deputies will be increased,” he said.
The city mayor also said that the salaries of kindergarten workers range between AMD 50,000 and AMD 90,000, and the increase will definitely improve their lives. 
In total it will cost 1 billion to the budget.

White-collar crimes behind 11,2% growth of crime rate in Armenia, police say
YEREVAN – Crime rate in Armenia grew 11,2% during 2018, Chief of Staff of the National Police Force of Armenia Colonel Armen Ghukasyan said at a news conference. He said the number grew by 2267 more incidents.

“The overall number of crimes in 2017 was 20,284; in 2018 it was 22,551. The growth is mostly associated with two types of crime. First is corruption-related crimes. If in 2017 there were 634 corruption crimes, in 2018 the number grew 2,5 times, totalling 1353. These crimes with their nature are ranked among the latent crime types and the growth in numbers is a positive result itself because uncovering them is rather difficult for law enforcement agencies and requires duly implementation of massive tactical investigative operations. I find it noteworthy that 56,2% of the discovered cases have been exposed by police bodies”, the colonel said. In 2018, police revealed nearly 5,7 billion drams in damages of corruption related crimes. In 2017, the number was below 1 billion.

“Proceeding from the abovementioned I believe the growth if this kind of crimes shouldn’t alarm the public, on the contrary, it should please them,” he said.

The second type of crime in is property crime. In 2017, the number of revealed cases was 8102, while in 2018 – 10112.

New package of state-paid medical services to be introduced in Armenia
/Jan 31/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Armenia’s government approved Thursday at its regular meeting the introduction of a new package of state-paid medical services for particular categories of the country’s population.  
Armenian Health Minister Arsen Torosyan said at the meeting that this social package targets a new category of citizens – families receiving social benefits which score 30 and more points, World War II veterans, people living in homes for elderly people and temporary accommodation for the homeless, repressed, participants of the neutralization of Chernobil Nuclear Power Plant’s accident, trafficking victims as well as detained and arrested people. 
Torosyan said as many as 18 expensive kinds of surgeries will be available to him for nothing. Heart, eye, brain etc. surgeries are among them. Expensive medical examination is also provided to them for free. 

 In his words, extra AMD 1.4 billion has been allocated from the government budget for this purpose, and as a result, the cost of the social package will reach AMD 3 billion. 
The minister said that prices for surgeries are set closer to market prices to lessen risks of illegal payments. 
” The citizens of these categories will not have to make extra payments for these surgeries,” he said adding that 230,000 people will become beneficiaries of the program. And this means that the number of applications will increase by 4,000 and will reach 16,000. 
Torosyan pointed out provision of dental services as second important component of the program. He said that families receiving social benefits which score 30 and more points, people with the 1st disability degree, children under 7, children aged from 7 to 18 from the low-income families included I the list as well as persons of military service age.  
“A number of new services are implied as well,” the minister said. “Prosthesis and treatment of mucous membrane of mouth at children will be among free services.” Torosyan said another AMD 500 million will be allocated for this component. ($1 – AMD 485.46).


Ischemic stroke patients to be treated for free
/Jan 31/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – The government of Armenia is launching a state-funded healthcare program from February 1 on treatment of ischemic stroke, healthcare minister Arsen Torosyan announced at the Cabinet meeting.

The project is launching at the minister’s order in two medical centers.

He said that the government will cover the brain vessel thrombolysis and stenting for all patients who will suffer ischemic stroke.

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