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Private insurers plan to fight back

Private health insurance companies are ready to fight against a bill approved by the government that would stop them from making a profit.

The insurers could seek reimbursement of up to Sk30 billion to protect their investments, the Hospodárské Noviny newspaper reported on August 9.

The opposition parties also want to contest the ban, approved by parliament, in court. Mária Sabolová of the Christian-Democrat Party (KDH) said that if the draft is passed in the version proposed by the health minister, the case will end up in court.

Private health insurers see the cabinet-approved draft as an attack, the Sme daily reported. The Dutch insurance and financial group Eureko B.V., the 100-percent shareholder of the Union health insurer, wants to sue the Slovak Republic at the international court. Another insurer, Dôvera, said that the government was changing the rules during the game.

-SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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