Swiss-made Curaprox toothbrushes have acquired a cult status among Czech consumers. The sales from the company’s Czech branch have more than doubled since 2012, the news site Aktualne.cz reported, citing the Swiss producer’s website. Overall use of toothbrushes has increased as well, up by just a tenth over the last year.
Police have issued an Interpol arrest warrant on a Czech man who is suspected of having knowingly spread the HIV virus. The man, who is believed to have infected at least three people, fled the country shortly before the police filed charges. His last known destination was Thailand. The man was allegedly informed he was HIV positive in 2013 but continued to seek out one-night stands on a gay dateline and failed to inform his partners about the risk. If convicted he could face up to twelve years in jail.
Doctors in Czech hospitals put in twice as many overtime hours as norms allow, Czech television reported citing information released by hospitals in different parts of the country within a campaign aimed at attracting attention to the problem. According to existing regulations doctors may serve up to 416 hours overtime in the course of a year. In actual fact they served on average 700 to 900 overtime hours in the first eight months of this year alone, including in surgery. Hospitals say that if this were not the case health care in most of these institutions would collapse.
The Health Ministry wants to reduce health expenditures for seniors and children by lowering the ceiling on annual expenses for medicines for groups at risk. According to the proposal people over 70 should not have to contribute more than 500 crowns a year to their medicines, down from the present 2,500, and minors should pay a maximum 1,000 crowns, down from the present 5,000. Under the present arrangement patients are reimbursed for anything paid over that limit by their respective insurance company at the end of the year. The opposition centre-right parties are opposed to the idea, arguing that the present ceilings are generous enough.
An investment fund owned by finance minister and tycoon Andrej Babiš has bought Prague’s second biggest health centre, Hospodářské noviny reported on Friday. The ANO chief’s Fond Hartenberg, which is active in the health sphere, has acquired a 70-percent stake in Poliklinika Modřany. It employs almost 100 doctors and serves a catchment area with a population of 60,000 people. A representative of Fond Hartenberg refused to say how much the acquisition had cost but said it would invest tens of millions of crowns in renovating the facility.
Young people in the Czech Republic drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and take drugs less than they did five years ago, according a Europe-wide study. However, the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs still found that Czech 16-year-olds have more experience with such habits than average Europeans of their age. While 8.2 percent of Czech teens smoked in 2011, last year the number had fallen to 4.5 percent.
The Czech Dental Chamber says it is launching a campaign to address the lack of financing in dentistry, saying it had informed politicians, health insurers, as well as the public for years about underfunding for certain services. The president of the chamber, Pavel Chrz, told journalists that dentists themselves would choose how to take part in the campaign, possibly be refusing some services or by not taking new patients. Mr Chrz said other sectors in the health sector had been given priority by the government, arguing that some dentist services were so poorly funded, they could no longer be offered in good faith.
The first ever Caesarean section in Europe, in which both mother and child survived, might have taken place in Prague at the court of Jan of Luxembourg already in the 14th century. Czech historians and doctors have come to the conclusion after examining various written accounts from the era. The results of their research have been published in the magazine Czech gynaecology.
Doctors have given warning that they will not work on September 21 in protest at their poor payment especially as regards car for adult patients on their books. Health minister Svatopluk Něměcek described the move as pre-election blackmail. The two sides have a chance to avert the one day action at a meeting at the ministry scheduled for Thursday. Doctors point out that provision has been made for hospitals to offer pay rises of 10 percent. First round elections to regions and part of the Senate take place on October 7 and 8.
An exhibition on the Vltava river bank in the centre of Prague has launched a series of events called Old’s Cool. Organised by the NGO Elpida, the annual event aims to present inspiring seniors as role models and change public opinion in favour of old age. The main theme of the festival’s fourth edition is ‘Slow Up’ and the main event, a fashion show of recycled and upcycled fashion pieces presented by senior fashion models, is set to take place in mid-September at the National Gallery’s Veletržní palác.