Pensioners and Retirees Need Medical Insurance Cover!
Between Us Only!
22nd August 2019
It is understood that the Pensioners and Retirees that are mainly in PASI have No Medical Insurance Cover. The Writer stands corrected if it is otherwise!
I think it was Pervez Musharraf ex Pakistan President who had said that peoples need more on food, housing and shelter more than anything else compared to high rise buildings big projects and infrastructure etc.
It is well established that these Pensioners and Retirees have been loyal dedicated contributors to the Nation building and Renaissance as to what it is today! There is a famous saying that in a house where the Elder is respected and treated well, then there will come blessings to that house! It is also well established that the Pensioners and Retirees pre 2014 are suffering now to make ends meet – as there have been articles by others also on the very same pertinent point!
With a few exceptions like PDO, Defence etc. where Pensioners and Retirees can still get full Medical attention – but that too there are some few differences in some of the places in comparison to the still working Regular Staff! But even here it is being understood and that in some places are limited only to the Staff – and not his family!
It is true that like places in PDO, they have gone a long way of taking care of The Pensioners and Retirees by giving them equal facilities, services and treatment in The Company Hospitals – and can be referred to outside hospitals for Specialist Diagnosis and Treatment – but this is an exception to the rule – where many other Retirees and Pensioners are not so lucky! The PDO Pensioners and Retirees have to be grateful with the services being provided – with weekly Consultants in different areas of medicine and fields visiting the main Company Hospital in Mina Al Fahal.
The truth is that in the same instance in a few years down the line and in the other places where these things are not there, the same staff will face the same situation and circumstances – poetic it be for those now managing, monitoring and administering the policies and procedures!
People cannot afford The Private Hospitals with hidden costs in diagnosis and even in treatment – and going abroad is even costlier and expensive – and only few people can afford to do so!
With also now the stricter processes of admission in Emergency sections in Public Hospitals – and longer queues that can be seen and for follow-ups in Operation Departments – and those who are the sicker lots are even more at disadvantaged and suffering even more!
Sometimes people prefer to suffer in agony and silence at home than to try admission in Public Hospitals – even in the Emergency wards!
Even in the regular check-ups and follow ups in the Public Hospitals can now stretch anything from 3 to 6 months – sometimes even longer due to the congestion of patients vis-à-vis available services to provide! Even the Medical Staff are stretched by overloads of work and the numbers of patients to attend to and in provision of services required!
It is also well established that the older generations of over 50s are also growing up equally fast in comparison to the other generations – with many younger generations still looking for jobs and to get married and to settle down – with exorbitant costs in dowries and marriage celebrations that can even stretch to OMR 20, 000 in some few cases! Which is a heavy load to the average working youth – who prefers to wait longer before getting to even think of getting married!
Far Eastern countries like Malaysia and Japan treat their Elders with respect and in best provision of services – in even offering them jobs like Advisors Consultants Mentors etc. – or in part time jobs or working from home! All these are not available to the home Pensioners and Retirees with very few exceptions!
Most of the Elders Pensioners and Retirees can still contribute to the Nation – if the opportunities and chances are given to them! With these extra money in their pockets they can serve themselves better including their families too!
It is also well established that if today there were Elders Old Homes Take Care Centres, a considerable number of The Retirees and Pensioners will be dropped in these places by their children! Many of The Pensioners and Retirees stat alone – with only few exceptions that you will find accommodated at their children homes!
There are even some rumours of same old aged Pensioners and Retirees being mistreated by their children who see the grandparents – or even parents – as a burden that stops them from enjoying life and freedom – or perhaps the nagging part and the constant need of attention emanating from The Retirees and Pensioners!
There have been many cases of the Retirees and Pensioners of not being able to get money and support from their children – perhaps because they have put their lives to higher costs and expenditures beyond their means! There have been articles written before on this particular dilemma facing The Young Workers now – with some with very good salaries and benefits – but end by mid-month with no cash for even basic needs and requirements!
It is well understood that in the current economic situation it maybe difficult – or I would say harder to do – but the point needs to be said as in my introduction of the loyalties commitment dedication services etc. given by The Pensioners and Retirees – and it is high time that their lots and conditions are looked into – especially in seeing they are treated as Pensioners Retirees Post 2014 – and in provision of some Medical Insurance for The Retirees and The Pensioners for those not able to get Medical attention and care!
With Sincere Apologies,
Majid Said Nasser Al Suleimany
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Letter To Observer by WhatsApp.
When I wrote that article and sent to you I was not considering myself only but all Omanis Retirees and Pensioners facing the same problems.
I went this Sunday to Royal Hospital Acute Medicine Internal Medicine and for normal Medical Procedures I was given dates from February 2020 to July 2020 things like Ultra Sound Kidneys.
PDO Clinic do not have these kind of Medical Procedures.
Yesterday I was referred to a Commercial Medical Centre in Ghobra and they are focussing more on getting extra monies as I said too in my article.
This leaves The Omani Retiree and Pensioner at great disadvantage and misfortune.
At least in PDO we can get some slight advantage but still we are far behind in comparison to Regular still working Staff covered by Insurance .. but not us!
A few years from now when those policing these policies will find themselves The Truth of what we are now as Retirees and Pensioners are going through.
You and I have responsibility infront of Allah SWT and Our Islamic Religion to highlight these issues.
I did my part as in Level 2 of Imaan to talk and say about the issues facing us as Pensioners and Retirees vis a vis Medical and Care issues.
I was not looking for money nor popularity or fame to highlight these issues facing us Omanis now after we served dutifully sincerely and loyally our Beloved Nation.
His Majesty has always encouraged us Omanis to come forward and say what we need or feel .. his speeches are very clear in this one.
You know your role and responsibility in highlighting these issues.
Anyway, I did my part and in front of Allah I am not afraid to say I did try to say on the sufferings and pains being undergone by Pensioners and Retirees in Oman now in general terms with very few exceptions and limitations
AL HAMDU LILLAH
Sincerely Majid Said Nasser Al Suleimany