Health minister: hospitals will see bump in funds

27-11-2011

The country’s health minister, Leos Heger, has said that hospitals next year should get three percent more in health care funds than in 2010; he made the statement on Czech TV’s Sunday debate programme Otázky Václava Moravce. According to the minister, the bump should free-up state hospitals to pay rises for doctors of at least 6.25 percent; he suggested under certain circumstances the figure could rise to the 10 percent requested by the doctors’ unions. At the beginning of the year, doctors had threatened to leave en masse before reaching a deal with the minister in February. But since, Mr Heger has argued that the 10 percent target has been difficult to meet in light of the newest economic downturn.