The opposition Smer party has asked the Constitutional Court to decide whether recently introduced health-care fees are in line with the Slovak constitution.
Since June 1, Slovaks have had to pay Sk20 per doctor visit, Sk20 per drug prescription, Sk50 per day in hospital, and Sk2 per kilometre travelled in an ambulance.
Opposition MPs, including the Slovak Communist Party and the People's Union, agree with Smer that it is questionable whether the new health-care services law that introduced the fees is in line with the constitution, which guarantees free health care to all Slovak citizens.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports.
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12. Jun 2003 at 13:18