Fees for visiting emergency increase

Higher fees may be in effect as of next year.

An emergency unit at hospital.An emergency unit at hospital. (Source: TASR)

Patients visiting emergency departments may pay more as of next year. Health Minister, Tomáš Drucker, proposes to increase the fee for attending an emergency unit at a hospital to €5 at least, while at surgeries the fee should be between €2 and €3. Simultaneously, the minister indicated that the list of those exempt from payment of the fees will be extended.

“Those, who really need to visit an emergency unit will not pay the fee,” said Drucker as cited by the TASR newswire, adding that this rule may apply to people suffering injuries due to accidents.

People currently pay a fee of €1.99 for visiting emergency while those taken to hospital after examination are exempt from payment. This service is often seen as abused by those, who instead of visiting a physician during the day visit an emergency unit in the evening or during the night.

In addition, the Health Ministry is preparing changes in the operation of emergency units at surgeries as well as fees for health care. Minister Drucker wants to submit both legislative changes in upcoming days. He assumes that patients will see the changes in the operation of emergency departments next year.

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