The Con­fed­er­a­tion of Mon­go­lian Trade Unions (CMTU) held a press con­fer­ence re­gard­ing the na­tional health in­sur­ance sys­tem, not­ing the need to main­tain in­de­pen­dence from the gov­ern­ment and the Min­istry of Health.

“We are ac­tively op­posed to the de­ci­sion to trans­fer au­thor­ity over the na­tional health in­sur­ance to the Min­istry of Health. The move is in di­rect con­flict with the Law on Health In­sur­ance,” said a CMTU spokesper­son dur­ing the press con­fer­ence.

The de­ci­sion to trans­fer au­thor­ity over the health in­sur­ance pro­gram to the min­istry has not yet been fi­nal­ized. The na­tional health in­sur­ance pro­gram is headed by the Na­tional Coun­cil on Health In­sur­ance.

Ac­cord­ing to the con­fed­er­a­tion, the na­tional coun­cil has not con­vened at all as of yet.

CMTU stressed that it would be a breach of the Law on Health In­sur­ance by Cab­i­net and Par­lia­ment to trans­fer au­thor­ity to the Min­istry of Health.

Pres­i­dent of CMTU Kh.Am­galan­baatar said that the is­sue of trans­fer­ring au­thor­ity can­not be dis­cussed when the Na­tional Coun­cil on Health In­sur­ance has not even con­vened once. He added that the coun­cil must con­vene and that the is­sue of trans­fer­ring au­thor­ity should be the first topic on the agenda.

“The funds in the na­tional health in­sur­ance fund are not the funds of Cab­i­net. The health in­sur­ance fund be­longs to the work­ers who pay a por­tion of their salary as a fee. For this rea­son, as own­ers of the fund, work­ers should have the au­thor­ity. The Na­tional Coun­cil on Health In­sur­ance, which func­tions to rep­re­sent the work­ers, must have a say on this is­sue,” stated Kh.Am­galan­baatar.

Kh.Am­galan­baatar was re­elected as the pres­i­dent of CMTU dur­ing the 22nd an­nual con­ven­tion of the con­fed­er­a­tion on Novem­ber 8. More than 2,300 mem­bers of the con­fed­er­a­tion from 36 mem­ber or­ga­ni­za­tions took part in the con­ven­tion to elect a pres­i­dent.

Dur­ing the con­ven­tion, the con­fed­er­a­tion also out­lined its ob­jec­tives for the next four years. In ad­di­tion, changes were made to the rules and pro­ce­dures of CMTU to al­low amend­ments to be made if a ma­jor­ity of mem­bers votes for it.

“We de­ter­mined that a trade union is not an ide­o­log­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion but an over­lap­ping col­lec­tion of the in­ter­ests of work­ers,” re­ported Kh.Am­galan­baatar.

In order to di­min­ish the role of pol­i­tics in CMTU, mem­bers voted to in­clude an amend­ment in the rules pro­hibit­ing elected of­fi­cials of the con­fed­er­a­tion to be a mem­ber of po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

“Those who have fin­ished their term as an elected of­fi­cial of CMTU or mem­bers who are not elected of­fi­cials will be al­lowed to ex­er­cise their right given to them by the Con­sti­tu­tion to be­come a mem­ber of any po­lit­i­cal party,” Kh.Am­galan­baatar as­serted.

Branch of health in­sur­ance fund

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