Health Ministry proposes amendment to law on hospital fees

The Health Ministry has proposed an amendment to the law on hospital fees which was invalidated by the Constitutional Court in July of this year. The ruling, which invalidated the 100 crown fee per day per patient, means that as of January 1, patients will not be asked to contribute anything to hospital care. Hospitals say this will create a serious financial problem. The Health Ministry, which has proposed bringing the fee down to 60 crowns per day, has urged the government and parliament to debate the proposed amendment in a state of legislative emergency which would allow it to come into force as of March next year.