Healthcare fees for newborn babies scrapped


President Václav Klaus has abolished healthcare fees for newborn babies. The amendment to the government’s healthcare reform package exempts newborns, organ donors and those legally ordered to undergo treatment from paying healthcare fees. As part of the reforms, patients have been obliged since January to pay 30 crowns (nearly 2 USD) per visit to the doctor, and 60 crowns per day spent in hospital. The introduction of fees has come under severe criticism on the grounds that a visit to the doctor should be covered by health insurance. The opposition also wants to see the elderly and children under 18 exempt from the payment.