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Domestic workers will now be able to access nationwide private health care – at a cost of R170 to the employer. DomestiCare – a new health-care scheme – was launched this month by the CareCross Health Group.
“Four years ago, Old Mutual developed and launched a domestic pension fund at the Union Buildings, and then-deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka appealed to all employers to ‘show their workers they cared’ and reward them by taking out this policy,” the union’s provincial secretary, Myrtle Witbooi, said on Feb 25.
But things didn’t go as planned.
“Two years later, only 300 employers responded, prompting Old Mutual to stop this fund as they were losing out. This fund was out of the hard work of many progressive women’s organisations but it was not compulsory… it depended on the kindness of the employers.
“This is exactly what this new plan (DomestiCare) is all about, and it will never reach a million domestic workers. We need a plan from our Health Department that will include all workers,” she said.