First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko, during Question Time in parliament on Wednesday, refuted speculation that the poorest citizens would be hit by reform measures in the health system.
"All these measures you now mention are an attempt to stop further borrowing, you know how much debt you have created," Karamarko told former health Minister Sinisa Varga of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Varga wanted to know if the poorest citizens would bear the burden of the consolidation of the health care system, namely of the announced increase of the supplementary health insurance, 150 kuna fee for the arrival into the emergency hospital, etc.
Karamarko said the health system was spending too much --approximately 24 billion a year -- adding that cost-cutting was possible.
"We will show solidarity with those in need and (most vulnerable members of society) will most definitely not be affected," Karamarko concluded.