From today you should make sure you have some cash in your pocket if visiting a doctor or some hospital department, because a lack of agreement between the state health insurer VsZP and doctors means you will have to pay cash for certain procedures like x-rays and blood tests, for instance.
The news was announced at a press conference on Friday by representatives of the Slovak Medical Chamber (SLK), the Zdravita association and the Association of GPs for Children and Adolescents (AVLDD), who feel they have no choice given a lack of agreement between GPs and the health insurer. Instead, they plan to collect cash from patients, who will then have to apply to VsZP to have the costs reimbursed. A lot of hassle and formalities, for sure.
The VsZP insurer is trying to slim down the range of patients for which it will increase payments this year, something the doctors feel they cannot accept. Many of them are therefore refusing to sign the new contracts with the insurer, which could lead to complications for their patients. SME daily reports today how some doctors surgeries are strangely quiet today, as many patients who probably planned a visit to the doc have probably postponed it for a while.