Health reform begins

Health Minister Rudolf Zajac has launched the long-awaited reform of the health system in a bill submitted to parliament by his Ano party that proposes to introduce fees for hitherto free services.

The draft would charge patients Sk60 ($1.50) for every day they spend in hospital, while visits to the dentist and other medical specialists would have a fee attached. The changes are expected to defray costs, and to cause patients to demand better services of health workers.

Zajac's coalition partners, however, are unhappy he chose to put the bill to parliament through an MP's initiative rather than first submit it to cabinet, where it would have faced a stern test of support.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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