A petition seeking assurances that the health care sector will serve the public has been signed by around 10,000 people within a week, Andrej Jančo, head of the Slovak Specialist Physicians Union (SLUŠ) told the TASR newswire on Sunday, March 27.
The petition contains five demands such as that faculty and university hospitals should remain under the state's remit and that the state should increase its health care insurance payments to bring them on a par with those in the EU's most advanced countries.
The problems plaguing the Slovak health care sector were also discussed at a meeting between SLUS representatives and members of the general public in Kosice's City Hall on March 26. Jančo stressed that people cannot be excluded from discussion about the health sector's funding.
"The core of the problem is that the health care sector has lost €120 million through the state's stinting on its health care contributions for those it is meant to insure," said Jančo on March 18. TASR stated that the state is supposed to make contributions to the health care system on behalf of the unemployed and a host of others unable to pay on their own and health-care providers have complained that the state consistently falls short of what is required.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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28. Mar 2011 at 14:45