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Parliament: Government won't approve budgets of health insurers

MPs on November 25 approved an amendment to the legislation on health insurers and health care monitoring, which requires both state-owned and private health insurance companies to submit their proposed budgets to the government. Originally, the government wanted the right to approve the budgets, but HZDS vice-chairman Milan Urbáni successfully revised that to a right to discuss them. At the same time, Urbáni pushed for a €2 million (Sk60.25 million) fine for health insurers that don't submit their budgets. Urbáni's proposal was supported by 131 out of 135 MPs who took part in the session.

MPs on November 25 approved an amendment to the legislation on health insurers and health care monitoring, which requires both state-owned and private health insurance companies to submit their proposed budgets to the government. Originally, the government wanted the right to approve the budgets, but HZDS vice-chairman Milan Urbáni successfully revised that to a right to discuss them.

At the same time, Urbáni pushed for a €2 million (Sk60.25 million) fine for health insurers that don't submit their budgets. Urbáni's proposal was supported by 131 out of 135 MPs who took part in the session.

Currently, health insurers are obliged to submit proposed budgets to the Finance Ministry, the Health Ministry and the Health Care Surveillance Authority. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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