World Health Organisation statistics showed that the average Slovak visits his doctors 16 times per year, a rate that makes Slovaks the most frequently sick among Europeans.
Health Minister Rudolf Zajac said the statistics were an indication that Slovaks misused health-care services, and argued that the planned introduction of payments for individual visits to doctors would cut down on the number of patients.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports.
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5. Feb 2003 at 10:10