02 February 2010

First 500 Pensioners to get Free Spa Treatment

The first group of about 500 pensioners out of the projected 10,000 in 2010 will leave for spa treatment in four centers throughout Macedonia on February 6, said Minister of Labor and Social Policy Xhelal Bajrami after Monday's signing of agreements with spa managers.
The agreements encompass free use of spa services in Debar, Katlanovo, Negorski and Banja Bansko. Pensioners will have three meals a day and regular medical care during the seven-day spa treatment. According to Minister Bajrami, the project will be implemented throughout 2010, thus reaching the number of 10,000 pensioners, with the total cost at approximately Denar 90 million (EUR 1,5 million).
Spa managers expressed their satisfaction from the Government's move, claiming it would help them develop the sector, resulting in better conditions for spa treatment.
The criteria for use of the spa treatment include pension amount, length of pension use, as well as need for assistance from third persons.

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