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Second phase of debt elimination

HOSPITALS and private doctors may soon see their old debts covered by the largest health insurer in Slovakia, VšZP. Health Minister Rudolf Zajac confirmed that the cabinet had approved a plan to eliminate part of the debts, which are now at about Sk7 billion (€168 million).

After partial elimination of debts towards pharmacists, hospitals and doctors may look forward to seeing their old bills covered, although Zajac refused to say how much of the total debt is expected to be paid. It is believed, however, that the sum should be at about Sk3 billion (€72 million).

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Legitimising fake news

One of Slovakia’s media schools has invited a well-known conspiracy theorist to an academic conference. What does this say about the state of the Slovak media?

Tibor Rostas

Suicide game does not exist and visa-free regime for Ukrainians is not a lie

The Slovak Spectator brings you a selection of hoaxes from the past two weeks.

There is no computer game that makes people commit suicides.

It’s not easy being an ‘alien’ in Slovakia

Are Slovaks scared of foreigners? The stories of those who are trying to make their homes here suggest that ignorance and bureaucratic inertia, rather than fear, cause more problems.

Dealing with state offices may be difficult and time-demanding.

President Kiska uses train for first time Photo

After criticism from coalition MPs for flying and a troublesome car trip, Slovak President Kiska to commute to Bratislava by international train, boarding it in his hometown of Poprad.

President Kiska gets off the IC train in Bratislava.