New regional coalition to abolish doctor’s fees
The regional Social Democrats in Southern Moravia have announced that they will abolish health fees in regional hospitals. The announcement comes as the likely future governor of the region Michal Hašek, along with his party undergo moves to form a local coalition government in the region. Among the candidates to form a coalition are the Christian Democrats, the Civic Democrats and the Communist Party. The Social Democrats campaigned in part on a platform that promised to overturn the controversial health fees in regional hospitals, a move that has raised the ire of many GPs who thereby stand to lose patients. However, large victories by the Social Democrats in regional elections held in late October have boosted the confidence of the Social Democrats, who also promised not to privatize local hospitals as well as to conduct audits of the local government bureaucracy.