Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Health minister urges patients not to pay a user fee for doctor visits

Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská called on patients not to pay any fees that some doctors have introduced in the wake of the problems related to contracts with Všeobecná zdravotná poisťovňa (VšZP), the state-run health insurer, the TASR newswire reported. "You are entitled to free health care. Please don't pay any doctors' fees," Zvolenská said on July 2, adding that patients should enforce their right to free-of-charge health care.

Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská called on patients not to pay any fees that some doctors have introduced in the wake of the problems related to contracts with Všeobecná zdravotná poisťovňa (VšZP), the state-run health insurer, the TASR newswire reported.

"You are entitled to free health care. Please don't pay any doctors' fees," Zvolenská said on July 2, adding that patients should enforce their right to free-of-charge health care.

Doctors and VšZP have been struggling to find a compromise regarding payments for patients with VšZP only willing to increase payments for a certain group of patients while doctors demand that the increase cover all patient categories. The doctors also claim that the increase VšZP has proposed is merely the result of a state budget reserve of €50 million being released [rather than a case of bargaining in good faith with the doctors].

Zvolenská said that even though about 70 percent of specialists have signed the new contracts, a number of general practitioners still have not done so.

"I'm sorry that the situation has escalated to this point," Zvolenská said, adding that it is patients – who have nothing to do with the issue – who are suffering as a result.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Sagan rewrites history Video

Cyclist Peter Sagan becomes the first man to win three consecutive world championships.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Blog: Why did I come here?

A group of teachers and students from the Bratislava-based school gathered to support their friend, colleague, and fellow foreigner, as she had already tried four times just to get in the door of the foreign police.

Queue in front of the foreigners' police department in Bratislava.

Teachers and scientist support anti-corruption march

They praise the activities of students who may change the current state of corruption.

Organisers of the first student protest, Karolína Farská and Dávid Straka.