Co-payment, constitutional

The co-payment for some medical services, in effect for pensions above RON 740, is constitutional. The decision was made yesterday by the Constitutional Court (CC), which ruled over a number of non-constitutionality exceptions raised with this regard. The decision is final and mandatory. “With unanimity of votes, the Court decided that the provisions of art. 259 para. (2) of Law 95/2006 on the reform in the health sector are constitutional, as long as their interpretation is that the 5.5 pc only applies to the incomes from pensions that exceed RON 740,” reads a CC communiqué, quoted by Mediafax. Under the legal provisions, the following categories are exempted from co-payment: children under 18, youths between 18 and 26, if they are pupils, high-school graduates waiting to begin the university year, but no longer than three months, apprentices or students who do not have incomes from work, the people that suffer from illnesses included in national health programmes established by the Health Ministry (MS), for the medical services pertinent to the basic illness of the respective affliction, if they do not have incomes from work, pension or other resources, and the retirees whose only incomes are pensions under RON 740 a month. MS estimates that the co-payment system will bring an additional RON 378 M to the health system.

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