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Pharmacies might ask patients to pay

THE PRESIDIUM of the Slovak Pharmacists' Chamber (SLeK) challenged its members to demand full payment for medicaments from patients, news wire TASR reported.

The Presidium also urged them to close drugstores and stop ordering medicaments "that further add to indebtedness". They have had trouble getting refunds from health insurers, who owe billions to drugstores.

The SLeK Presidium refuses payment of the debts through the state joint stock company Veritel, and asked pharmacists not to advance their receivables to the company because there are fears it would pay only 80 percent of the total debt.

The SLeK Presidium sees Health Minister Rudolf Zajac's statements about cancelling licences for drugstores that accept the measures recommended by SLeK as a reflection of his inability to resolve the problems of pharmacists and the health sector.

Veritel is a company that currently has some Sk5 billion (€120.95 million) available for debt payment, but VšZP alone owes the drugstores more than Sk7 billion (€169.32 million).

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