Prime Minister Iveta Radičová said she continues to trust Health Minister Ivan Uhliarik following their discussion on January 17 after Radičová summoned Uhliarik to her office to explain the preferential treatment he allegedly gave to a pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, which was his former employer, the TASR newswire reported.
"The Ministry decided in the public interest and in line with the law – so that both vaccines were available and, as prescribed, covered fully by health insurers on the Slovak market; and at the same time the costs for the health insurers could be lowered," the TASR newswire was told by a Government Office spokesperson.
Radičová said that even if the law was not violated, the situation calls for ensuring that the categorisation procedures do not raise misgivings vis-à-vis compulsory anti-pneumococcal vaccination of children or in other instances.
The Prime Minister also welcomed the initiative by the Health Ministry to submit an amendment to the law governing the extent of care dedicated to given health conditions. The aim of this amendment is to increase transparency in categorisation procedures as well as to tighten up price regulations. The Prime Minister also tasked Uhliarik to prepare precise rules for calculating prices charged for medications.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Jan 2011 at 10:00