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Health care reforms proposed by major political parties

Ano - New Citizen's Alliance (right-wing, non-parliamentary)

* Cap growing debt
* Self-financed health packages in addition to basic free universal package
* Make health system more flexible and competitive
* Introduce equal conditions for both public and private health providers
* Remove provision and finance of health care from state to control of providers

HZDS - Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (left-wing, opposition)

* Satisfactory health care for all citizens from basic health insurance payments
* Cap debt and create multi-source financing
* Stress prevention over treatment
* Bring number of hospital beds in line with EU norms, shorten treatment time
* Subsidies for people who can't afford prescribed medicines

KDH - Christian Democrats (right-wing, government)

* Increase state payments for economically inactive people
* Personal health insurance accounts and additional voluntary health insurance
* Restructure health care institutions
* Unify health records, create information networks
* National airlift system for acute emergencies

SDKÚ - Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (right-wing, government)

* Deep changes for more efficient use of public funds
* Partial payments from patients
* Increase state control over health insurance companies
* Principle that every citizen is primarily responsible for his health
* Cheaper outpatient and one-day surgery services

Smer (left-wing, non-parliamentary)

* Pay old health system debts only after creation of new debts halted
* Adequate wages for health care employees
* Reduce massive corruption and clientelism in sector
* Return to one state health insurance company system
* New personal accounts allowing patient to vary contributions to health care

SMK - Hungarian Coalition Party (right-wing, government)

* Home visits by doctors to improve awareness of hereditary illnesses
* Increase health care spending, hire more expert managers
* Privatise health facilities, reduce corruption
* Multi-source system of financing, additional health insurance policies
* Loans for start-up private doctors

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