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Reader feedback: Health cards a sick idea

Re: Slovakia lacks funds to introduce new EU health card, Flash news briefs, May 31 - June 6, Vol 10, No 21

I have to be honest; the issuance of health cards seems a pretty pointless measure - yet another example of EU diktat gone mad. As a British national, I am entitled to treatment in Slovakia and any other EU country upon production of my passport/health card. This arrangement has been in force for the last 30 years or so under the reciprocal arrangements negotiated by most European countries. Why we need to have a new card issued when we already have access to healthcare under the old arrangements seems to be an expensive exercise aimed more at creating paper than anything else.

Slovakia, in common with other EU entrants, has a finite budget allocated to healthcare. This budget is insufficient to provide adequate care. I know that ours is no better, but surely spending money on this is crazy! This measure will just suck more money out of the Slovak healthcare budget, resulting in even worse service than now.

By the way, after a skiing accident I was treated in a Slovak hospital and have no complaints at all, except relating to the food - but hospital food is rubbish the world over.

Tim Phillips,
London, UK

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