Social Democrats threaten to take health reform bill to court

The opposition Social Democrats have threatened to challenge the government’s health reform at the Constitutional Court. Party chairman Bohuslav Sobotka said on Friday it was unacceptable to implement changes which would establish a dual standard of health care – one for the rich and another for the poor. The opposition leader argued that the division of health care into basic and above standard would violate people’s right to health care on the grounds of insurance and result in the socially weaker groups of the population getting cheaper, less suitable and less effective treatment. It has not yet been decided who would be the arbiter of what constitutes basic and above standard care.