The interim government of Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok has agreed on a proposal lowering the cost of hospital stays by 40 crowns per day. Currently, patients are charged 100 crowns daily. Under the proposal, youths under the age of 18 would no longer be required to pay at all. The prime minister urged Parliament to pass the amendment quickly or risk hospital stay fees being discontinued completely on January 1, 2014 per a decision by the Constitutional Court. A lowering of the fees to 60, if passed, would see revenues amassed under the system drop by as much as 1 billion crowns from the current 2.1 billion.
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