Government to reform system of social and health insurance

Slovak Parliament

The Slovak government has ambitious plans to completely overhaul the system of social and health insurance levies. It wants to combine the collection of taxes and health and social insurance contributions and so create a single location for all levies.

This will mean existing tax offices will be transformed for the purpose of common collection of taxes, customs, and health and social insurance levies. The cabinet will also be looking at the consequences of cancelling mandatory sickness insurance and unemployment insurance, as well.

The preliminary document prepared by the government contemplates the introduction of a super-gross wage, while reducing the rates of health and social insurance contributions. Basic state assistance together with extraordinary state benefits should replace the existing system of social benefits, which social insurance is used to cover.

The government does not plan to raise the retirement age, but it does want to revise the system of how pensions are calculated and valorised.

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