published: 30.10.2013, 14:32 | updated: 30.10.2013 14:35:05
Brno - This year's directive on payments for health care treatments issued by the Health Ministry is at variance with the constitution but it will be valid until the end of 2014, the Czech Constitutional Court (US) decided today.
The US argued that its immediate abolition would destabilise the health care sector and threaten patients.
However, the ministry must take the court´s opinion into consideration in its next directive, the US said.
A group of 39 senators proposed in March that the directive be scrapped.
Doctors have also criticised it. They say the health care sector lacks money due to the directive since it has decreased payments for most treatments, while the operational costs have been rising.
Its critics say the directive contains an inequality approach, it is too complex and unpredictable because doctors will only learn in the middle of the year how much money they will actually receive.
The directive on health care payments sets the prices which health insurance companies are to pay hospitals and doctors for treatments unless they agree otherwise.
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