10 Jul 2006

Samoan government suspend plans for medical insurance

4:51 am on 10 July 2006

The Samoan government has suspended its original plans for a medical insurance scheme for all public servants and employees in the private sector.

The proposal for a medical insurance scheme, paid for from workers' financial contributions to the National Provident Fund, was strongly criticized by the Opposition and the public before this year's election.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi says this was the main reason behind his government's decision to suspend the scheme.

However he says the government is looking at possible ways to increase NPF contributions from employees and employers in the future.