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Premium dodgers might go to prison

Social-insurance provider Sociálna Poisťovňa intends to collect money from its debtors at any price in the following two years, writes the Pravda daily on January 23. Since it wants to also use the Penal Code, Sociálna Poisťovňa's biggest debtors might be imprisoned for 12 years. However, one of the biggest debtors, some state hospitals, will avoid this punishment again, since the state cannot criminally prosecute itself. Contrary to state organizations, private firms probably will not evade the penalty.

Social-insurance provider Sociálna Poisťovňa intends to collect money from its debtors at any price in the following two years, writes the Pravda daily on January 23. Since it wants to also use the Penal Code, Sociálna Poisťovňa's biggest debtors might be imprisoned for 12 years. However, one of the biggest debtors, some state hospitals, will avoid this punishment again, since the state cannot criminally prosecute itself. Contrary to state organizations, private firms probably will not evade the penalty.

Economists, as well as employer associations criticize Sociálna Poisťovňa's different attitude to its debtors. They say that using double standards demoralizes society and that debts of state hospitals can no longer be overlooked. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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