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SMK: Government causing chaos in health care

Recent Government measures relating to Slovakia's health care system were subjected to criticism from the opposition ethnic-Hungarian SMK party on November 6. The party's vice-chairman for health care Imre Hugyivar said that with its list of the minimum number of hospitals providing state-guaranteed health care and the amendment to the Act on Health-insurance Companies, the Cabinet is causing chaos in a well-functioning system.

The list concerned displays a network of 34 health ministry-controlled hospitals with which insurers will have to sign contracts. Contracts with other hospitals can be signed at the insurers' discretion. According to Hugyivar, insurers should be allowed to decide which hospitals they want to sign contracts with in all cases.

Speaking in a similar vein on the recently-approved health-insurance amendment, under which health insurers will have to invest their profits back into the health care system, Hugyivar said that this will restrict and prevent competition between the companies. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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