Talks between the Association of Hospitals of Slovakia (Asociácia nemocníc Slovenska, ANS) and health insurers have led to a way of using a state reserve amounting to €50 million to cover increased salaries for doctors and nurses. The ANS presented a model that could take effective on July 1 and be implemented by September 2012, Zdravotnícke noviny, a specialised health care weekly, wrote.
“For hospitals, this means a monthly amount of about €3.8 million that will be ended after the necessary legislation is passed in parliament, Dana Gašparíková, the spokesperson for the state-run VšZP health insurer told the weekly. VšZP also presented this model to Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská.
Slovakia’s two private health insurers supported the initiative and said they welcomed the earliest possible and fairest possible solution to the current situation. Financing for the health-care sector should improve as well due to higher payments coming from the state for those who do not pay their own health insurance such as pensioners, students, women on maternity leave, and others.
In the event that the salaries of nurses and other health-care employees are not actually increased, they plan to appeal to Slovakia’s ombudswoman, Jana Dubovcová, for legal help, the TASR newswire wrote.
Mária Lévyová, the president of the Slovak Chamber of Nurses (Slovenská komora sestier) said that many nurses have experienced efforts by hospitals to avoid paying them higher salaries by bypassing the law passed by the previous government that came after nurses and doctors organised strikes and other protests to push through an increase in minimum wages in the sector.
Source: Zdravotnícke noviny, TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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