A quarter of hospitals in the Czech Republic last year posted a loss of
more than 160 billion crowns, according to a report released by the
Institute of Health Information and Statistics. The assets of the 137
medical facilities in question amounted to over 14 billion crowns, while
their liabilities stood at 17.7 billion.
The overall costs of Czech hospitals in 2017 amounted to 160.5 billion crowns, which is a nine percent increase on the previous year.
The Ministry of Health is currently working on introducing a new system of financing medical care in hospitals, which should come into effect in 2020.
Ninety-two people died of drug overdoses in the Czech Republic last year,
according to data issued on Saturday by the Institute for Health
Information and Statistics. The previous year 94 people lost their lives in
that way, while in 2015 the figure was 104.
Another 128 deaths in the Czech Republic in 2017 were attributed to the influence of illegal drugs or medications. Twenty-five people took their own lives using medicines and 27 did so via drugs.
The government has approved a proposal to allow patients’ medical records
to be shared among doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals
treating or caring for them. Currently, healthcare professionals are not
always aware of what medications their patients have been prescribed.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch (an independent, on the Ano ticket) said it was an important step towards an e-health system, meaning the digitisation of healthcare records.
A hospital in the town of Břeclav, south-east of Brno, has confirmed a
second incidence of West Nile fever, a viral disease typically spread by
A 72-year-old woman died of West Nile fever in the hospital several weeks ago.
The male patient with the same diagnosis is currently in isolation and is reported to be stabilized. It is not clear where he contracted the disease.
Only one in thirty Czechs regularly visits a dentist twice a year, as
recommended, for preventive check-ups and cleanings, the daily Mladá
fronta Dnes reports, citing data from health insurers.
They risk not only cavities but also serious health problems, such as tumours, the treatment of which is not covered under most health insurance policies.
The Czech Chamber of Pharmacists says it will sue the State Institute for
Drug Control over late delivery of drugs, unless the institute takes action
against distributors who fail to deliver medicines on time. According to
the law they are bound to deliver ordered pharmaceuticals within two days.
Health Minister Adam Vojtech told Czech Television the ministry is aware of the gravity of the problem and is preparing a law according to which drug producers, rather than distributers, would be held accountable for late deliveries of drugs ordered.
Police have revealed that the deadly synthetic drug which killed two people
in Moravia was distributed by a boy in primary school, among others. As a
minor he will not be prosecuted.
The boy gave the drug to a 15-year-old friend who ended up in hospital. 23 people were treated for intoxication after taking the synthetic marihuana-type drug. Eleven people have been charged in connection with the case.
Sixteen more community centers for mental health will open around the
country in the coming years, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch announced at the
opening of such a center in Prague’s Prosek district on Thursday.
The building of a network of mental health community centers is part of an attempt to erase the stigma surrounding mental health problems and enable patients who have been released from hospital to continue getting professional aid and advice. The understanding is that more patients will also approach such a center in the event of problems.
Five such centers were built this year and their number should reach 30 by 2021.
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