Lege Artis Medicinae

[Law management programme]

DECEMBER 25, 1991

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1991;1(18)

[The concept of social security reform recently adopted by the Parliament is very tight-lipped on sickness insurance, i.e. health care. The proposal only decides that in the future, sickness insurance should be insurance-based, compulsory and based on the principles of solidarity, i.e. that not only active earners and actual contributors but also their family members should be entitled to insurance-based care. Pensioners and the unemployed are covered by the sickness insurance scheme on a solidarity basis.]

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