The state-run health insurer Všeobecná Zdravotná Poisťovňa (VšZP) has only two days left to reach an agreement with general practitioners over new prices for procedures, the Sme daily writes in today's issue (Friday, June 29). If it fails to do so, doctors will not have valid contracts with the insurer and might start charging fees to patients. Even if they treat patients for free they will not be able to issue insurer-funded prescriptions and it will therefore be necessary for patients to pay for their medicaments. Old contracts expire on June 30; new ones should be signed by July 1.
"We will give it a couple of days and then we will discuss," said the head of the Association of Private Doctors, Ladislav Pásztor, as quoted by Sme. "If we fail to agree then we will introduce fees."
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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