The Czech Medical Chamber, headed by Milan Kubek, has called on the government to prepare an emergency plan for the Czech health care sector. The chamber has insisted the plan include the valorisation of insurance payments, a health tax on alcohol and tobacco products, steady wage increases, and a streamlining of pay scales in private and state hospitals. According to Mr Kubek, the role of the sector is to provide quality health care for all, which he suggested was something which is now impossible to guarantee, despite the hard work of thousands of doctors and nurses. According to a survey conducted by the chamber, regional hospitals lack 826 doctors; the lack of personnel, the chamber maintains, is tied to the lack of funds.
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