A Return to Monopoly Health Insurance?
Prime Minister Robert Fico is determined to extinguish private health insurers from the health system in Slovakia, with the latest concept being to buy out the two remaining private health insurers on the market.
PM Fico previously banged profit bans on health insurers, which led to lawsuits against the state, and now he says the government is willing to negotiate with the foreign owners of Union and Dovera on a possible takeover deal. Fico feels the state should sell off shares in other undertakings that “it simply doesn’t need” in order to make this possible.
Mr Fico is hoping Slovakia will have a single monopoly health insurer, just like in the good old days, and so made his public proclamation that the government wanted to hold talks with the insurers about the feasibility and terms of such an arrangement. If it proves feasible and the price is right, Fico says Slovakia should start the process.