Athens, January 19, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Olga Mavrou
The Panhellenic Medical Association (the association of physicians) organizes a rally tomorrow in Athens protesting against the government’s decision to raise their contribution for pensions and social security. As they claim, “if a physician earns 40.000 euros a year, he just can not give half of them, that is 20.000 euros, for security and for his future pension and be asked to make a living with what is left, that is with les than 1800 euros a month! That makes out of as a civil servant or an employee and those laws will have the opposite result, because the physicians will rather work without receipts”.
Physicians consider “unbelievable” the new law that requires them to give in taxes 29% of their earnings (it was 26%) and obliges them also to pay in advance 100% of the tax of the next year (until now they paid in advance 55% and according to the new law they will have to prepay 75% for 2016 and 100% in advance for 2017).