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Minister defends 2009 health insurance contributions change

Following the Cabinet session on November 26, Health Minister Richard Raši said that an increase in health insurance contributions for state policyholders to 4.9 percent of the calculation base would not lead to a decrease in available funds in the healthcare system.

Following the Cabinet session on November 26, Health Minister Richard Raši said that an increase in health insurance contributions for state policyholders to 4.9 percent of the calculation base would not lead to a decrease in available funds in the healthcare system.

Originally, health insurance contributions for state policyholders were to have been raised from the current 4.5 percent to 5 percent of the calculation base. "It is important that the total volume of funds in the system will be preserved, since that difference, which is around Sk700 million (€23.24 million), will be used in the chapter of Health Ministry support for comprehensive and preventive programmes," said the minister. SITA

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