Union insurer satisfies conditions, to seal deal with state hospitals

The private health insurer Union has one week to sign new contracts with 12 big state hospitals. The previous contracts were terminated before summer and their effectiveness thus shall expire by beginning October.

The private health insurer Union has one week to sign new contracts with 12 big state hospitals. The previous contracts were terminated before summer and their effectiveness thus shall expire by beginning October.

Union claims to have accepted all comments and requirements and sent them for assessment to the due hospitals on September 23. “We are convinced that if hospitals really are interested in offering medical care to patients, they will sign addendums within this week,” Elena Májeková, member of the Union board, told TASR.

Hospitals required an increase in the insurers payments for hospitalisation, and scrapping of the so-called degressive coefficient – and Union claims it was the state-owned Všeobecná zdravotná poisťovňa-VšZP, its competitor, who asked for this. The private insurer also claims to have offered the same or better conditions than VšZP already beginning summer.

From the 12 big state hospitals involved in the dispute, only the Roosevelt Hospital in Banská Bystrica confirmed for the Sme daily that it is ready to accept the Union offer. Others said they needed more time to study it. If the conditions were not accepted and contracts not signed on time, Union could lose its license and its patients would get only the elementary, first-aid treatment in these hospitals, Sme wrote.

(Source: TASR, Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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