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Opposition: return to reforms in healthcare is needed

Health Minister Ivan Valentovič of the ruling Smer party rejected claims made by the opposition Slovak Democrat and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) at press conferences earlier in the day on April 17.

He said it was impertinent for those who have devastated the Slovak healthcare system to call for increased funding.

The opposition is calling for a return to healthcare reform despite the fact that it transformed health insurance into the "trading" of people, and its inaccurate legislation made health-insurance fraud possible.

While the opposition was in power, it introduced fees of Sk20 for doctor’s visits and Sk50 for every day in the hospital. These were unacceptable for many people and, according to ministry spokesperson Silvia Balásziková, the prepared healthcare reforms were rejected by 70 percent of Slovaks.

The SMK described Valentovič's measures as unsystematic at a press conference on April 17, and said his promises to raise the salaries of medical workers were an improvisation. The party considers the situation to be serious, and will discuss a possible proposal for a no-confidence motion on Valentovič at the SMK’s session on April 21.

The SDKÚ claimed at its press conference that Valentovič has no idea how to deal with healthcare problems systematically.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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