Slovakia looks at plan for just one public health insurer
In a number of Central European countries there's been a difficult transition from centrally funded state health care to a system where health insurance is provided, either by state or private insurance companies. In Slovakia a row has developed over state versus private health insurance. Slovaks have been switching from state to private in fairly large numbers - now the Prime Minister says he wants private health insurance companies to make less profit and has suggested they could be pushed out of the market. The Health Minister is currently working on a plan to create one public health insurer.
So why did five hundred thousand Slovaks decide to move from public health insurance to private health insurance? Emilie White has more.