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Reader feedback: Insurance law too sudden

Re: More fees for patients, News Shorts, Nov 3 - 9, Vol 9, No 42

It is unbelievable that this new medical insurance law will go through. Surely the people in the government must know the consequences such a new law will have on the people of Slovakia. Coming from communism to a free-market society is a drastic change. It's like asking a baby that doesn't even crawl yet to start walking.

The Slovak people must adjust to their new situation. The changes to the medical system are, in some instances, so dramatic that they are too much to bear on what the average person makes in Slovakia.

Medical costs have to be changed gradually as the people gain more in wages and become more able to pay; otherwise, the results will be catastrophic. Unemployment is still too high, and Slovakia is just starting to get the foreign investors that will help spark more income and employment. The wages that average, or even some above average, people make are too small to pay for these new medical costs.

Slovakia has made great strides since independence in 1993, but it still has a long way to go until it is up to par with the more developed countries who have had many years to develop their standard of living.

Vince Stankay,

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