Press: Ministry looks to small health insurance firms for funds to up doctors’ salaries
The Czech Health Minister, Leoš Heger, is planning to pump some five billion crowns from some of the country’s smaller health insurance companies, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Thursday. The daily said these firms have a surplus of around ten billion crowns; Mr Heger told the newspaper that half of those funds could be used to patch the heath care system. The plan has met with opposition from the concerned health insurance companies whereas doctors’ trade unions said it was a good idea, albeit one that would take too long. The Czech Republic is facing mass departures of doctors; nearly one in four physicians in the country’s hospitals has filed their resignation in protest over low salaries.