Pharmacies said they have noticed a one-third drop in customers since June 1, when a number of payments were introduced into the Slovak health-care system.
The law introduced small fees for various services, including Sk20 for a drug prescription, Sk20 per a doctor visit, and Sk50 for a day in hospital.
The Slovak daily Národná Obroda said several owners of pharmacies confirmed the drop in the number of customers.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports.
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10. Jun 2003 at 10:58