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State health insurer skipped tender

State-run health insurer Všeobecná Zdravotná Poisťovňa is launching a project to create an internet patient book without a public tender, the Sme daily reported on August 6.

The insurer is negotiating the project with a company that includes former Smer party deputy Edita Angyalová on its board of directors. Health Minister Ivan Valentovič is a Smer nominee.

Pavel Nechala, from Transparency International, says that it is apparent that there is a political link in this case. He alleges that putting Angyalová on the board of directors was intended to make sure the company wins the order.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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