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Public health insurer VsZP had technical reserves of Ssk1.8 billion in 2006

The technical reserves of the state-run health insurer Všeobecná Zdravotná Poisťovňa (VsZP) reached almost Sk1.83 billion (€54.19 million) at the end of last year, wrote the SITA newswire on June 21.

VsZP used almost Sk8.16 billion (€241.33 million) of its technical reserves during the year. The major portion of this sum was used to cover healthcare services, for which the insurer paid over Sk5.64 billion (€166.82 million), and almost Sk1.83 billion (€54.12 million) was spent on medicines, says the VsZP’s annual report.

VsZP conducted 2,796 checks of healthcare providers last year with the majority of them being carried out in hospitals. The most frequently revealed shortcoming was that a patient was hospitalized whose condition did not require hospitalization. Then followed the unjustified movement of patients from one department to another, repeated hospitalization over a short period of time due to the same diagnosis, hospitalization for a time period shorter than 24 hours and unjustified hospitalizations at anaesthetic and intensive medicine departments, which are the most expensive.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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