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Minister calls for balance in policy on hospital beds

Recently appointed Health Minister Richard Raši said on June 25 that beds in some hospitals must be redistributed so that there is more space for patients with chronic diseases.

Recently appointed Health Minister Richard Raši said on June 25 that beds in some hospitals must be redistributed so that there is more space for patients with chronic diseases.

The minister was reacting to a decision by the country's biggest health insurer, Všeobecná Zdravotná Poisťovňa (VšZP), to reduce funding for over 20 hospitals. He said that each bed required personnel, material and technical equipment that not all hospital wards were able to provide.

VšZP stated recently that it will requesting changes to the contracts it has with a number of hospitals, but wouldn’t elaborate on how many. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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