A third of Czech hospitals are having serious financial problems, according to a crisis committee of hospital managers. A number of hospitals are no longer able to cover the cost of electricity, food and even medicines and are operating on debt. The crisis committee has called on the government to take emergency action. The head of the Czech Association of Hospitals has warned that unless they get more finances per patient they will have to start restricting the number of operations and in the worst case start closing down selected departments as of 2014.
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