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Doctors' association warns of exodus of specialists

If the upper limit for the calculation of social insurance contributions is cancelled, doctors' salaries will likely decrease and many of them will leave the country as a result, according to the president of the Slovak Association of Doctor Specialists (SLUS), Andrej Jančo.

The proposal is part of the draft revision to the law on social insurance, on the agenda for the August 22 cabinet session.

Jančo said doctors who work for the public sector, non-governmental organisations and private facilities can be expected.

"We are asking both the Slovak government and Health Ministry to submit their planned measures for a broader professional discussion, and do not accept advice and proposals for change only from their confidants and trade unionists, who do not have a basic knowledge of financing," Jančo told the SITA newswire on August 22.

Jančo said this move would significantly worsen the working conditions of an important group of doctors - specialists - who are continuing to leave the country at an intolerable pace.

He said that if the attitude towards health care solutions does not change immediately, Slovak patients will probably have to travel to Austria or other neighbouring countries to see a specialist.

-SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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