YEREVAN, February 4. / ARKA /. In response to a series of protests of Armenian dentists the National Assembly has developed a package of amendments to the law on licensing payments, envisaging a number of changes regarding licensing of dental clinics.
According to previous changes to the law, which entered into force on January 1, dentist clinics will have to pay 80,000 drams per each chair a quarter, up from previous 12,000 drams.
At a January 26 extraordinary congress some 1,300 Armenian dentists signed a petition to the president, prime minister and parliament speaker demanding that the payment be downed to 30,000 drams. They also demanded not to tax diagnostic X-ray services and dental laboratories operating in clinics.
"The parliament committees have already discussed this issue having drafted new amendments, which will soon be submitted to the government," parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamyan said today.
According to various estimates, there are 12,000 dentists in Armenia. Experts believe that the changes to law would lead to a significant increase in the prices of dental services and increasing shadow. ($ 1 - 406.57 drams). -0-