Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

State insurer gives more money to hospitals

SMALL and medium-sized hospitals will get more money from the state-owned health insurer Všeobecná zdravotná poisťovňa (VšZP).

Health insurance cards, illutsrative stock photo(Source: Sme)

The currently biggest health insurer agreed with representatives of the Association of Hospitals of Slovakia (ANS) on January 12 to adapt financial conditions as of the beginning of the new year. Hospitals need more money for higher salaries of their medical staffs.

“Since January 1, 2016, VšZP increases the prices for finished hospitalisation of patients and prices for treatments and surgeries charged extra,” the insurer’s spokeswoman Petra Balážová told the TASR newswire. “The way of covering costs in wards of long-term ill patients changes, meanwhile, from payment for the finished hospitalisation to payment for each single day of treatment.” The contracts will also be prolonged until the end of this year. “ANS praised the correct approach of VšZP which fulfils the promise given by its CEO Miroslav Vaďura at a tripartite negotiation at the end of 2015,” she added.  

In this way, the state insurer will distribute all of the money intended for increasing the salaries of nurses and other medical staffers among health-care facilities, according to Balážová.

Hospitals’ representatives discussed on the same day salary increases also with the private health insurer Dôvera; however, no agreement has been struck so far. “The negotiation which we hope to lead to the ultimate agreement has not been concluded, we will meet again next week,” Matej Štepianský of the insurer’s communication department said.

By the end of last year, ASN pointed out that if more money is not allocated in health care, the situation from earlier 2015 may be repeated; when the under-financed branch threatened social reconciliation in small and medium-sized hospitals which then considered reduction of wards or mass layoffs. Ultimately, the state approved the increase in financing. 

Topic: Health care


Top stories

Crematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelation Photo

Those who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monograph

Crematorium in Bratislava by architect Ferdinand Milučký

What kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?

Among EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).

Donald Trump

Crates and boxes. Slovaks discover new ways of grocery shopping

Farmer’s boxes are gaining customers in Slovakia as people slowly become more conscious about quality and the origin of the food they eat.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Scandi 4