TALLINN - The state should guarantee lifelong national health insurance to mothers of four or more children, according to Estonian Minister of Population Riina Solman.
The minister said that while raising a child is a job where there are no days off, raising four or more children requires four or more times as much work.
"Employment options are scarcer for women who are contributing to the sustainability of the Estonian state more than many others as they are taking care of four or more children," Solman said. "For that reason, it is important that the state should support motherhood and, in addition to other family support measures, should also guarantee national health insurance to mothers of many children to prevent their health concerns."
The minister opined that lifelong national health insurance for mothers of many children needs to be introduced at the earliest opportunity. The corresponding proposal will be submitted to the government already this summer. The yearly cost of the proposal will total up to 14 million euros, according to the preliminary assessment of the minister's officials.