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In Sakartvelo - it's cheaper to die2011-12-12 12:29
The new bill is being prepared in the lobbies of the building at Rustaveli Avenue. The calls to emergency services such as fire team, ambulance, emergency and police patrol will be paid. Member of the Republican Party of Georgia Tinatin Khidasheli said about this on the eve at the briefing.
Really, why doctors, firemen and the police should come to the customers at the state's expense - does Saakashvili need it? No, the people need it. So let them pay.
Over the last year the system of the call emergency services in Georgia was reformed for the third time. First, ambulance and fire brigade were reunited under the phone number 911, on the American model. Then they decided nevertheless to separate ambulance. Now they're preparing a bill according to which an ambulance, rescue, emergency and fire services will be called on number 112, which is under the authority of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
But the most unpleasant news is that the calls will be paid. On the eve, the Republican Party member Tinatin Khidasheli said about this.
The MIA showed compassion, and call charges won't be too onerous - 20 tetri (less than 10 cents) for individuals and 50 Tetri - for legal entity. Calls from a cell phone would be paid more, and if the patient will abuse the calls on 112.
"I do not understand why doctors of emergency become the police, and why the above services must be paid. The Interior Ministry shall provide full information of which financial profit it is going to get after activating the number 112, and on how many millions of lari poorer the population will become", noted Tinatin Khidasheli. According to her calculations, the department will get about 10 million lari per year (about $ 7 million).
Hot line of fire, rescue services and police work for free in all normal countries. Let's consider a situation that a man noticed the burning neighbor's house. Will he now call to fireman if he has to pay for it? And who of accidental pedestrians would show a bit of generosity and call an ambulance if a passerby feels bad at the street? Charging for the call, when people have trouble and need help of public services - it is simply immoral, even if you have to pay not very much.