After several days of intensive talks, the largest health insurance company in Slovakia, state-owned Všeobecná Zdravotná Poisťovňa (VšZP), and representatives of out-patient doctors finally agreed on new contracts on Wednesday, July 4, morning.
"Based on this agreement, all the doctors are from this point on contract doctors, that is, those who were contract doctors until June 30 are from now on again contract doctors and are returning to the original work regime. Patients cease to pay for medication and all diagnostic tests are made in the usual mode. The contracts themselves will be administratively resolved in the upcoming days," said the president of the Slovak Medical Chamber, Marian Kollár, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
Doctors’ representatives chose to accept a compromise by VšZP in which it offered to increase payments by 8 percent and also agreed to increase payments for preventive checks at paediatricians and general practitioners.
"These are not big numbers, but for us it means that prevention is acknowledged as such. A preventive check is now worth about €10 to €15 for a doctor, and the increase will be €1," said Kvetoslava Prcúchová, president of the Association of General Practitioners for Children and Adolescents.
VšZP chief executive Marcel Forai said the agreement achieved on Wednesday would be reflected in all current contracts with existing providers. "VšZP will not allow asymmetry in prices. The achieved agreement also applies to doctors who have already signed contracts or will do so in the future," said Forai.
"We are far from satisfied, but nothing is ending with this signature, maybe it's just a beginning. At this point, we accepted a solution that was probably the only possible one," commented Kollár.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Jul 2012 at 14:00