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Half of Slovaks critical of healthcare reform

A recent telephone survey by the Polis Slovakia agency shows that more than half of Slovaks think the government’s proposed health care reform won’t improve the sector. According to the survey, 30.4 percent of 1,075 respondents believe the government is creating promising conditions in the sector, while 53.4 percent are convinced the opposite is true. As many as 46.5 percent of respondents think that Health Minister Ivan Valentovič is unable to resolve the issues facing the health sector. Almost 26.7 percent of respondents are satisified with his performance, while 26.8 percent had no response.

Of the respondents, 50.1 percent are of the opinion that, under the current government, the situation in the health sector has not improved. But 28.5 percent see an improvement. Others said they were unable to judge. The opinion of most citizens on the future of health insurance differs from that of the government. The health minister wants to have just one health insurer, but most respondents disagree with this plan. More than half of respondents, namely 52.4 percent, are against the introduction of a single health insurer, while 39.4 percent support it. Opinions on whether private insurance companies should be allowed to make a profit differed by an even larger margin, with 60.5 percent against it and 28.3 percent for it.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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