Minister of Health Ögmundur Jónasson said he has no other choice but to carry through a ISK 6.7 billion (USD 59 million, EUR 46 million) cut to Iceland’s healthcare sector this year, but that he will try to spare the sector’s employees as much as possible.
“A cut to the healthcare system is a legal matter. It cannot be changed unless the national budget is changed. It is not an enviable task but we have no choice but to save where we can,” Jónasson told Fréttabladid.
Jónasson said money can possibly be saved by reducing the cost of medicine, reorganizing the administration and rearranging projects in the healthcare sector.
“I have the political goal of securing access to healthcare service,” Jónasson said. “When it comes to [reducing] employment cost, it will be undertaken with equalization of wages in mind.” The minister proposes that employees who receive low salaries be spared at the cost of those who earn more.
Jónasson would like to launch negotiations with everyone involved as soon as possible so that the goal of saving ISK 6.7 billion can be achieved. “It is painful that the healthcare sector, which has always been ignored, is now subject to cuts.”
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