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Constitutional Court halts proceedings on Health Insurers Law

The Constitutional Court has suspended its deliberations in relation to a case brought by thirty-two MPs contesting the provisions of the law on health insurance companies. The court halted proceedings because subsequent amendments have led to changes in the wording of the respective provisions, the SITA newswire reported. The MPs had objected to provisions in the law which allowed health insurance companies to become profit-making joint-stock companies.

The Constitutional Court has suspended its deliberations in relation to a case brought by thirty-two MPs contesting the provisions of the law on health insurance companies. The court halted proceedings because subsequent amendments have led to changes in the wording of the respective provisions, the SITA newswire reported. The MPs had objected to provisions in the law which allowed health insurance companies to become profit-making joint-stock companies.

According to the petitioners, this legal form is at odds with the Slovak Constitution since health insurance, which it is the role of health insurance companies to provide, has a public character which they argue the private nature of joint-stock health insurance companies contradicts. The Constitutional Court stated that the institutional character of public health insurance provision was not key to meeting the purpose and positive commitment of the state to provide healthcare free of charge. “The fact that [parliament] chose a legal form of joint-stock company does not mean in itself that the guarantee of providing free-of-charge healthcare is threatened or ruled out, or that such a solution is in contradiction with the principles of the state," reads the ruling. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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