Patients decrease drug intakes

PATIENTS are decreasing or halting the use of some drugs because they are too expensive, the Pravda daily wrote.

Under the new rules introduced as part of Slovakia's health reform, Slovak patients pay supplementary charges for certain drugs, usually a fraction of the total value of the medication, but which may vary depending on the type of the drug.

A survey carried out by the Association for the Protection of Patients' Rights showed that 15 percent of patients decreased their dosages or stopped using drugs altogether, while another 30 percent asked their doctors to prescribe them cheaper alternatives.

Average monthly expenditures for drugs reach Sk434 (€10.9) and patients with long-term illnesses pay Sk580 (€14.6). According to the survey, patients would consider Sk300 (€7.6) a bearable sum.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Former state secretary describes the corruption at courts

Schools will definitely not open on Monday. Coronavirus vaccine could be available starting in mid-December. Slovakia joins campaign to fight violence against women.

The Presidential Palace lit in orange, to support the Orange the world! campaign.

One in five women has experienced violence

The situation is far from satisfactory, said President Čaputová.

Secret votes and public lies

There are uncanny echoes today of Slovakia’s agonies over its choice of chief prosecutor ten years ago.

Dobroslav Trnka (left) and Jozef Čentéš (right), the candidate who was eventually selected by MPs in 2011, never got to take up the post because the then president, Ivan Gašparovič refused to appoint him for reasons that were never clearly explained.

How a Catholic charity became a voice for migrants in Slovakia

Religious organisations have added leverage in changing perceptions of foreigners and migrants, says Caritas Slovakia.

Caritas Slovakia's ‘World Without “the Other” – Migration Myths’ campaign educates Slovaks on migration in a fun and artistic way.