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Cabinet approves minimum hospital network

THE SLOVAK cabinet has approved a minimum network of health care facilities, which sets out the number of public hospitals that will automatically qualify for health insurance coverage.

The list, approved on October 24, includes 34 state-run hospital facilities. The amended regulation includes only hospitals that are controlled by the Health Ministry.

Originally, the network consisted of 42 hospitals that were necessary to provide urgent health care, especially for patients brought to the hospital by emergency and rescue services, the SITA newswire wrote.

The law names the hospitals that health insurance companies must cover with their contracts. However, this step does not mean that other hospitals will automatically cease to exist, because they can still compete with protected hospitals for contracts.

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