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Cabinet discusses proposed merger of state health insurers

The intention of Slovakia's Ministry of Health to merge the two state-run health insurance companies Všeobecná Zdravotná Poisťovňa (VšZP) and Spoločná Zdravotná Poisťovňa (SZP) is one of the issues on the agenda of the July 15 regular Cabinet session, the SITA newswire wrote.

The intention of Slovakia's Ministry of Health to merge the two state-run health insurance companies Všeobecná Zdravotná Poisťovňa (VšZP) and Spoločná Zdravotná Poisťovňa (SZP) is one of the issues on the agenda of the July 15 regular Cabinet session, the SITA newswire wrote.

This plan has already encountered problems before the Cabinet debate, SITA said as Slovakia's Finance Ministry raised almost twenty fundamental objections to it within interdepartmental review, asking for a redraft of the plan.

The finance ministry particularly opposes the proposed provision of refundable financial assistance to VšZP, the legal successor of the two health insurers after the merger. The ministry argues that provision of refundable financial assistance to VšZP from state financial assets is directly at odds with the law on budgetary rules for the general government.

The ministry further requests additional analysis of expected financial advantages compared with risks stemming from the merger during the economic crisis. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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