In the midst of crosses due to the reform of provincial law 8,119 that regulates the activity of the Caja de Odontólogos of the province of Buenos Aires, it was announced that the authorities of the entity backed down with the intention of modifying the retirement age (to then leave it at 60 years) and pointed out that 85 percent of active professionals declare that they “earn an average of 44,500 pesos per month.”
The criticism from different sectors of dentists to the authorities is being heard with increasing force, mainly due to “the low retirement and pensions that are charged” and the “high costs that professionals have to pay for the COMEI social work”. of the sector”, which generate “a strong discount in assets. There are even cases in which they show the receipts of assets with zero pesos or almost 2,000 pesos.
According to the president of the Caja de Odontólogos of the province of Buenos Aires, Rosana Asensio, “in the next meeting with the legislators who presented the bill to amend Provincial Law No. 8,119 (which governs the entity) in the Buenos Aires Legislature, they will ask to keep the age to access retirement at 60 and in this way the possibility of raising it to 65, as planned in the initiative, would be without effect.
“We have heard the discontent of the affiliates and in the first meeting we have we are going to ask that the minimum age be maintained to be able to access retirement,” Asensio said.
In this context, he indicated that “we think positively for this project to be dealt with this year or next. It is a reform that all colleagues need because very important points are modified, not only for retirees but also for active workers”.
Asensio explained “we are working very hard from the board of directors” of the entity and announced that the next extraordinary assembly will be held in January “to once again consider a new increase in pensions according to inflation.”
Given the criticism of the project from different sectors of dentists, for what they consider “high contributions for assets” and “very low retirements and pensions”, the head of the Buenos Aires Odontologists Fund said that “contributions for assets are much less than what someone in a dependency relationship pays and the inflationary situation does not help”.
“Only when they retired did they realize how poorly managed the institution was and that their contributions were not adequate,” added the dentist, who gave some details: “today 85 percent of the assets indicate in their annual sworn statement who earns an average of 44,500 pesos per month. The contributions arise from these amounts”, which currently have the following scale: “up to 3 years after receipt, they pay 4,500 pesos, from there they go up to a maximum of 19,500 pesos (only for 3 years) and then the scale descends to 5 modules 7,500 pesos.
In recent days, dentists from District III presented a document to the authorities of the sector’s Provident Fund, in which they make various criticisms, including mentioning that the objective of the Fund is to “guarantee social security and they have not achieved to date.”
Other sectors of the dentists made a presentation before the Buenos Aires Legislature where the issue of the reform of the law that governs the provincial Odontologists Fund is discussed. As stated “in the terms in which the reform would be specified, it is not applicable to guarantee the Social Security of colleagues”.
Among the most important aspects, according to the website of the District II of the Professional Association, this project of modifications goes against the interests of colleagues and does not guarantee better conditions for our professionals”.
Retired dentists stated that the reforms give “more powers to the Caja board of directors.” In the last year, a group of retired professionals made claims for the improvement of retirement assets and for the cut in coverage in pharmacies, from 75 to 60 percent.