Press release: expenditures of the Health Insurance Fund on the rise
Over 9 months, the revenues in the health insurance budget were 578.6 million euros, while 571.1 million euros were spent. Compared to the previous year, health insurance expenditures have increased by 8%. As of the end of the 9th month, more than 1.24 million people were covered with health insurance; the number of the insured has decreased by more than 5 thousand people compared to the end of 2011, mostly as a result of emigration. Workers made up 47% of the insured. Thanks to improved employment rates, more than 17,000 new insured workers have accrued over these 9 months, but their numbers are still smaller than those of insured non-workers (pensioners, children, pupils and students, pregnant women, the unemployed, conscripts etc.). The Health Insurance Fund allotted 53 million euros over 9 months to general medical care, i.e. 5% more compared to last year. 64% of that went to the capitation fee, 20% to the research fund, and 13% to the money stock. Compared to the previous year, the amount of money spent on general medical care was 5% larger. At the beginning of this year, the volumes of research funds were increased; however, the research fund remained under-filled throughout these 9 months. The volume of specialised medical care has increased by more than 8% compared to last year, taking up 328 million euros over 9 months. There were nearly 2.8 million out-patient medical specialist visits over the 9 months. Almost 700,000 people went to see a doctor during the same period. Nearly 120,000 people underwent hospital care. The number of consultations has increased; at the same time, the number of people seeking specialised medical care has diminished. This means that there are now more consultations per patient. The volume of long-term care has also significantly increased. A total of 12.5 million euros were spent on long-term care, which is 18% more than last year. Over these 9 months, there were more than 35,000 cases of long-term care, with nearly 12,000 in-patient cases and 23,000 out-patient cases. Over the 9 months, the Health Insurance Fund compensated for discounted medicinal products in the amount of 72.8 million euros, which is 8% more than last year. A total of more than 5.5 million discount prescriptions were reimbursed. On average, the Health Insurance Fund paid 13.2 euros for a discounted medicinal product, to which the patient contributed another 6.65 euros. Cost-sharing by patients upon buying medicinal products continues to diminish. Almost 65 million euros were spent on benefits for temporary incapacity for work. Both the number of certificates and the paid amounts have increased. Over 9 months, nearly 293,000 certificates for temporary incapacity for work were issued, the vast majority of these being certificates for sick leave. The biggest number of certificates for sick leave was issued in March. The average sick leave lasted for 18.3 days. The number of people who used denture or dental care benefits has increased significantly over the 9 months. Nearly 100,000 people used these benefits in total. Altogether, the Health Insurance Fund paid more than 6 million euros’ worth of dental care benefits. 131 people applied for scheduled foreign medical care; 120 of them were sent abroad for foreign medical care. Medical bills arrived for 100 people and the Health Insurance Fund paid a total of 390,000 euros for scheduled foreign medical care. The average cost of a foreign medical care case was 3,900 euros.