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Health Minister left on his terms

Health Minister Ivan Valentovič has said that he made the decision to tender his resignation, citing personal reasons, the SITA newswire wrote.

Health Minister Ivan Valentovič has said that he made the decision to tender his resignation, citing personal reasons, the SITA newswire wrote.

Prime Minister Robert Fico confirmed this, stating that he was fully satisfied with Valentovič. His successor is Richard Raši, who has said patients and health care workers are his priority.

President Ivan Gašparovič said he thought that Raši should continue reforming the health care sector.

Tomas Szálay from the Health Policy Institute (HPI) think tank said that Valentovič’s two years in office were a waste of time. He cited the informatisation of the health care sector and a catalogue of health care services as examples.

Eduard Kováč, executive director of the Association of Health Insurance Companies (ZZP), pointed out that Valentovič’s term was influenced by politics.

Both he and Szálay refused comment on Raši’s appointment. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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