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Health Minister displeased with indebted hospitals

HEALTH Minister Ivan Valentovič is fed up with indebted health care facilities, and says that the combined debt of Slovakia’s hospitals is climbing by Sk150 million a month and could reach Sk6 billion by the end of the year.

"Either the system is set up wrongly and health care facilities are not receiving enough money for the operations they perform, or the problem lies with them," he said in an interview with the Hospodarske Noviny daily.

Valentovič added that regional hospitals would be allowed to adjust their functions according to the real needs of the communities they serve, and said the answer to the continued departure of Slovak medical professionals to jobs abroad was to put more money into the Slovak system.

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