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Most Slovaks pan government's healthcare steps

MORE than half of Slovak citizens think the government is not creating an environment where the healthcare system can improve, a new survey shows.

MORE than half of Slovak citizens think the government is not creating an environment where the healthcare system can improve, a new survey shows.

A telephone survey by the Polis Slovakia agency found that 53.4 percent of respondents believe the government is not creating positive conditions for healthcare. Only 30.4 percent of respondents believe they are.

As for Health Minister Ivan Valentovič's performance, 46.5 percent of respondents think he is coping badly or very badly with problems in the health sector. Another 26.7 percent of respondents were satisfied with his work, while 26.8 percent did not answer the question.

Half of the respondents believe the situation in the health sector has not improved under the current government, compared to the past. But 28.5 percent see an improvement. Others said they were unable to judge the situation.

While the health minister wants to have only one health insurer and ban private insurers from making a profit, most people surveyed do not agree with this plan. More than half of the respondents, 52.4 percent, are against the introduction of a single health insurer, while 39.4 percent are in support.

Disagreement with the profit ban is even more remarkable - 60.5 percent of those polled believe that when health insurers provide their clients with quality care, they have the right to earn a profit. On the contrary, 28.3 percent opposed this.

The survey included 1,075 respondents, representing the basic demographic and political characteristics of the entire population.

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