The Senate Assembly voted, on Monday, as the first Chamber notified, the bill to introduce the healthcare co-payment system, with 53 votes “in favour” and 51 “against”. The maximum amount paid will be RON 600 a year for a patient, a threshold beyond which co-payment will stop being applied. The bill will be forwarded now to the Chamber of Deputies, which is the decisional Chamber, for the final vote. The bill makes co-payment in the medical system compulsory for all healthcare contributors, except for underage children. Young people up to 26 are also exempt from co-payment, if they are high-school students or fresh graduates. At the same time, patients suffering from diseases included in the national healthcare program and pensioners who collect a monthly income of up to RON 700 are also exempt from co-payment. According to the Ministry of Health, a total 8,006,507 people will be exempt from the co-payment system, and estimates show this system will bring RON 378 M every year to the healthcare budget.