State wants to settle Self Reliance lawsuit out of court
The government is reportedly trying to reach a settlement with the Self Reliance insurance company. The insurance company wants the government to pay the bill of SRD 60 million and the insurance claim for damages of SRD 9 million. The bill and the claim was presented to the government after it had decided to switch insurance companies. The government ‘transferred’ its basic medical insurance (BAZO) to the State Health Insurance Fund (SZF). Health Minister Patrick Pengel explained that the government is trying to reach an out-of-court settlement. “We are still negotiating,” the minister told Times of Suriname.
Several months ago Self Reliance delivered a letter to the government, urging the government to address the issue of the debts and the financial losses as a result of the decision to switch insurance companies. In the letter the insurance company also threatened to take legal action if the government did not cough up the money soon. MP Marinus Bee (ABOP) informed parliament of the fact that Self Reliance had sent a letter. He also read the letter aloud in parliament. Minister Patrick Pengel confirmed that this case is not an easy one. The government is reportedly trying to keep this case out of court. “We hope to reach an out-of-court settlement.”