01 Feb 2018

Slovak officials stop fees for emergency pregnancy service 

Slovak Minister of Health Tomáš Drucker changed his mind and said women will not have to pay 10 euro to access emergency treatment during pregnancy.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
Slovak officials stop fees for emergency pregnancy service  - NewsMavens
Pregnant woman. Wikicommons

Why this story matters:

Earlier this week, Slovakia's Minister of Health didn't think it "urgent" when a pregnant woman thinks that she is going into labor, or feels something is wrong with her pregnancy.

However, after women condemned a draft law that would charge them for care in similar cases, he changed his mind in three days.

On Facebook he wrote:

"I listen to many opinions, and I think that it is right. ... Thank you for suggestions and also a critical voice. Ladies, you deserve a rest."

Maybe he changed his mind because he did not want to lose a popularity among young women. Or maybe he got scared by the backlash. Either way, many women expressed their relief

women's issues,reproductive rights, gender

Details from the story:

  • In Slovakia, people do not have to pay for urgent care in hospitals. This includes people with injuries, those needing at least 2 hours of care, those brought to hospitals by ambulance, and pregnancies.
  • Women were angry about the proposed law after media outlets reported a pregnant woman who thought she was in labor was charged 10 euro after she sought emergency care. The hospital did not consider it an urgent case.
  • It started a discussion about if women should have to pay if they feel something is wrong with their pregnancy.
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