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Opponents warn of expensive health system

Centre-left politicians have warned of higher costs for patients if voters approve health policy proposals in a nationwide vote in June.

This content was published on April 21, 2008 - 15:31

A committee of parliamentarians, mainly from the Social Democratic Party, the Greens as well as the Protestant Party, said the constitutional amendment would give private health insurance companies too much power.

It would also make treatments, including those in hospitals and homes, more expensive for most patients and stop unlimited access to doctors, according to opponents.

The proposal is aimed at making the health insurance system more competitive in a bid to curb rising health care costs.

Doctors and patients organisations are also campaigning against it while the government and a majority in parliament have come out in favour.

On June 1 voters will also decide on separate plans to let local authorities define citizenship procedures and limit the government's information policy ahead of polls.

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