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President rejects health care plan

Just hours before the deadline to sign the health care reform package,
President Ivan Gašparovic vetoed the six laws that parliament passed on
September 21-22, the daily SME wrote.

His refusal to sign the bill sends the draft legislation back to parliament,
where a simple majority (76 out of 150) will be needed for the bill to go through.

Presidential spokesman Marek Trubac said that the president had substantial objections to two of the laws: the bill on health insurance companies and the draft law on the scope of health care. However, he sent all the laws back because they are linked, Trubac said.

The health-care reform package includes laws on health insurance, health
insurance companies, the scope of healthcare covered by public insurance, what
constitutes health care, health-care providers, and medical rescue services.

In September, the health reform plan was passed by parliament thanks to support from from independent MPs. The parliamentary health committee will discuss the president's recommendations in parliament and if the talks go well, the law might be adopted in late October.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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