State payments to the health care system for retirees, children, students or the unemployed will decrease for the rest of the year after the January increase. From 2024, automatic valuation of government health payments will be introduced. The changes will be made by amending the government, which was again approved by the House of Representatives with the votes of the coalition deputies. After a six-hour debate, the House of Representatives overrides the veto of President Milos Zeman, who, like the opposition, fears the negative impact of reduced payments on health care quality and availability. Government officials dismissed such repercussions. The form will be valid the day after it is posted to the group.
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Veto Zeman in the House of Representatives It’s over The votes of 104 deputies present from ODS, STAN, KDU-ČSL, TOP 09 and the pirate government camp. No fewer than 101 votes were needed. Before the actual decision, the SPD Club requested a half-hour break. The House then voted on the motion of the Democratic Party’s Speaker, Mark Penda, to declare a three-minute break so the coalition can see if it has enough Representatives in the room.
The parliamentary debate was accompanied by criticism of lower payments from MPs from the ANO and SPD. The president of the ANO club, Alena Schillerová, stressed that “the health of citizens is no exception, whether in good or bad times.” According to her, the “extremely irresponsible” law, along with inflation, could impoverish the Czech health care system. “It’s against the sustainability of the Czech health care system,” said Social Democratic Party leader Tomio Okamura. According to him, Western countries protect the Cabinet, but in fact he directs the Czech Republic towards the least developed countries.
Presidential veto. Zeman rejected the government’s plan to reduce state payments to the health sector
Health Minister Vlastimil Valek (TOP 09), who represented the exempted bidder, Finance Minister Zbyňek Stanjura (ODS), did not take the opportunity to introduce the law and make closing remarks.
“You have betrayed the arrogance of Finance Minister Zbysek Stangor,” Chilrova told the coalition after the vote. According to Okamura, the government coalition took 14 billion kroner from citizens from public health insurance. This is the amount that the state is supposed to provide in this year’s budget. According to the SPD leader, the government will be responsible for all delays and lack of access to health care.
From 1967 to 1487 crowns
As of January, the state was paying 1,976 kroner per month to each of the insured people, 200 kronor more than last year. According to the amendment, payments will drop to 1,487 crowns by the end of the year. So the state must transfer the same amount of money to public health insurance for each of the insured persons for this year as in the last year. “The legally adopted regulation threatens the maintenance of quality and availability of health care and does not address the necessary improvement at all,” the president wrote in justifying his objection.
The valuation mechanism introduced from 2024 will be the same as for pensions. Thus, state payments to the health care sector will increase due to inflation and by half the growth of real wages. The system is set up so that there is no possibility of a decrease in payments on an annual basis. The valuation process will be based on a monthly amount of 1900 kroner for each insured person, which the state will pay next year, according to the amendment. The opposition deputies supported the mechanism in the debate, but in their opinion, the starting amount should be greater.
The bill, after previous parliamentary amendments, would also standardize and amend the rules for fulfilling prevention funds for health insurance companies. It will extend the transition period for follow-up treatment of patients after orthodontic care reimbursement reform.
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The state pays premiums from the budget to about 5.9 million people, which is approximately 56 percent of the insured. Payments to them make up nearly a quarter of public health insurance revenue. Children, the elderly and the unemployed consume most of the expenses. More than half of healthcare costs go to hospitals.
The House of Representatives began dealing with the controversial cut in state health payments 12.5 hours after the hearing began Friday morning. The House of Representatives was able to approve the program of the meeting after 11 hours of discussion on proposals to change the program of the meeting put forward by ANO and SPD deputies. Accusations of obstructing and even destroying the meeting were drawn from the ranks of the coalition.
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