Lawmakers: Some laws need to be amended
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Baghdad: Shaima Rashid and Raghad Dahham
called on the Parliamentary Health Committee to amend the health insurance law because it contains some loopholes despite its entry into force last month, indicating that it will submit a number of laws to legislation during the next semester.
The head of the Parliamentary Health Committee, Majid Shankali, said in an interview with “Al-Sabah”: “The health insurance law entered into force as of the fifth of last month, but the culture of health insurance is still weak in society, and yet we have many consulting, private nursing, and government institutions working according to this.” The system, and in the next stage, will contract with the private sector to be covered by health insurance.”
Shankali added, "150 billion dinars were allocated as a first phase, which is a very small amount because the experimental number is 300 thousand people. If the amount is calculated, we find that it is very small and may reach 100 thousand dinars per individual. We will try to develop the system in the next phase."
Shankali saw that there are “some loopholes in the law that need to be amended, including the necessity of having a head of the Health Insurance Authority with financial and administrative independence, as the entity that benefits from health insurance must not be the same as the one that administers it.”
Regarding the laws of the Parliamentary Health Committee, Shankali explained that “the National Authority Law, the Mental Health Law, which was read for the first time, and the Tobacco Harms Law were legislated for the first time, and the proposal for the Human Organ Transplant Law for the First Amendment and the Pharmacists Syndicate Law were submitted, in addition to the Drugs Law, for the first reading.”
In turn, MP Waad Qaddo told Al-Sabah, “Some of the Iraqi laws are more than 70 years old, and therefore there is a need to address the laws in a way that is compatible with developments.”
Meanwhile, member of the Legal Committee, Arif Al-Hamami, said in an interview with “Al-Sabah” that “there are rigid laws that were previously approved and were approved for certain political, economic and security circumstances and conditions, and there is a necessity and urgent need to change these laws, and this is the opinion of all experts and specialists.”
Al-Hamami continued, "We believe that implementing the idea is very important in order for the laws to suit the administrative and educational conditions and to suit each sector."
For his part, legal expert Ali Al-Tamimi told Al-Sabah: “The legislative rule confirms that the law cannot be repealed or amended except by another law, and there are more than 27 thousand pieces of legislation, some of which were issued in the previous regime, and they are in force to this day.”
Al-Tamimi pointed out that “more than 100 laws were issued during Bremer’s time and are still in force under Article 130 of the Constitution, which affirmed the preservation of legislation, and there is a need to reconsider a number of them,” explaining that “some laws no longer fit the spirit of the times and the democratic system and need to be repealed.” Or amending or compensating those harmed by these decisions, especially the decisions of the Revolutionary Command Council, which abolished the law of rehabilitation and special courts and compensation for those harmed by these decisions.”
He concluded, "The rehabilitation law is one of the most prominent laws that must be reconsidered, because it is considered killing of people, and it must be monitored because it is of a political, not a legal, nature."
Edited by: Ali Abdel Khaleq
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