Slovak government passes changes on co-payment limits on drugs

The Slovak government approved draft legislative amendments that will change patient co-payment limits on medicines partially covered by public health insurance providers, news agency SITA said.

At present, the quarterly drug spending limits on medicines partially covered by public health insurance providers amount to €25 in case of pensioners and disabled people, €8 in case of children of up to six years of age and €0 for children with severe disabilities. Sums paid above those limits are reimbursed by health insurance companies under certain conditions.

In line with the draft approved by the government, reimbursed medical supplies and dietary foods will be included into the limit. In addition, co-payment limits for disabled people will be lowered to €12 per quarter. On the other hand, the limits for pensioners and children will increase from €25 to €30 and from €8 to €10, respectively. The limits for disabled children will remain at the current level.

The changes are set to be introduced next year, after the entire legislative process is complete.