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President signs revised law on health insurance companies

For the first time in 2009 the cabinet will have the duty to debate budgets of private and state-run health insurance companies.

For the first time in 2009 the cabinet will have the duty to debate budgets of private and state-run health insurance companies.

This was enacted in the revised law on health insurance companies, which President Ivan Gašparovič signed on December 16. Originally, the cabinet was to approve budgets of private health insurers, but parliament ultimately passed an amendment by HZDS MP Milan Urbáni that limits the cabinet’s role to just discussing the budgets. Health Minister Richard Raši, whose ministry initiated the idea, said that the approved change was a compromise solution.

“The law was approved as a whole and there were many other provisions important for operation of the whole system and, therefore, we accepted the proposal submitted by HZDS," Raši said. Private health insurance companies, as well as analysts welcomed the approval. MPs also approved the introduction of a €2 million (over Sk60 million) fine if health insurers fail to submit their budgets to the cabinet. SITA

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