Regional hospitals to cease charging patients from February


Regional hospitals across the Czech Republic will cease the collection of visitation fees from February 1, according to a decision made by a meeting of the country’s regional governors. The decision is possible because the opposition Social Democrats hold every governorship in the country, and have vehemently campaigned against any kind of doctor’s fees. The new formula will not abolish the fees, but rather will see regional authorities cover the costs of doctor’s visitation which will then be paid to health insurance companies. The decision only affects hospitals run by regions. All health fees were recently defeated in a bill passed by the Parliament’s lower house. But the law is still pending approval by the Senate.