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Health Minister Milojka Kolar Celarc: No reduction of healthcare rights with the new legislation

"After 24 years Slovenia is finally tackling healthcare reform. We are presenting a new draft law on healthcare and health insurance, a modern law that will also guarantee the funding of the healthcare system in the long term," said health minister Milojka Kolar Celarc, at yesterday's press conference. The minister emphasised that the existing basket of rights will not be affected by the reform. 



"We are introducing a transparent and clearly defined basket of rights, with no reduction of existing rights. We are doing away with supplementary payments for rights from the compulsory health insurance basket, and for every right under compulsory health insurance we are defining the procedure by which it can be exercised." The draft law proposes the introduction of a time limit on sick pay, the elimination of supplementary health insurance and the elimination of supplementary payments for services covered by compulsory insurance.



The minister explained that the draft law introduces a precisely defined basket of rights that remains unchanged in comparison to the present situation, and at the same time eliminates supplementary payments for rights from the compulsory health insurance basket. According to the minister, this means that all rights from the basket will be fully covered from compulsory health insurance. 



Time limit for sick pay

The new law also proposes a one-year limit for the right to sickness benefit. "We are the only country in the EU to have sick leave of unlimited duration," said the minister. The full allowance will continue to be paid for occupational injuries, occupational diseases, donation of organs for the benefit of a third person, and recovery from the effects of blood and organ donation. "For all other cases, the allowance will be 80% of the base rate," the minister explained. Minimum and maximum amounts of sick pay are also defined: the minimum is expected to be 80% of the minimum wage, while the maximum will be 2.5 times the average wage.

The minister explained that the draft law will ensure that everyone in the country is included in the compulsory insurance scheme – including all children. Restrictions will, however, be introduced for the insurance of partners. "We are the only country to offer such a broad definition of the status of dependent family members," said the minister.



Compulsory healthcare fee to take the place of supplementary insurance

The minister also explained that supplementary health insurance will be abolished and "a compulsory healthcare fee, paid according to the principle of solidarity" introduced in its place. The basis for assessment will be gross income, with insurees divided into seven classes. "Around 80% of the population will pay less than they pay today for supplementary health insurance," said the minister. "A person in the class that covers income up to the minimum wage will, for example, pay €20 a month, while a person receiving the average wage will pay €27."



The draft law is due to be submitted for public consultation on 1 February. 

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