Did your loved ones die of COVID? The state will reimburse the transportation, but only under these conditions

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The government has decided that the state will pay for the transport of the dead to COVID-19. Who is eligible for a refund?

The government has decided that the state will pay for the transport of the dead to COVID-19. Who is eligible for a refund?

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The cost of transporting some dead to COVID-19 back to their place of residence will be reimbursed by the surviving state. This follows from a proposal approved by the government at Wednesday’s meeting.

Even a thousand

“Entitlement to reimbursement of the costs in question shall arise if the patient has been transported to a hospital at least 100 kilometers from the place of residence, the maximum reimbursement cost per person being EUR 1000.” stated in the document. The Ministry of Health (MH) of the Slovak Republic should inform about the form of submitting applications for reimbursement in the near future.

The Ministry of Health explained that due to the full capacity of hospitals during the second and third waves of the pandemic, it was necessary to transport patients to hospitals that had free capacity.

The survivors thus incurred additional costs associated with transporting the deceased from the hospital back to their place of residence.

On the shoulders of families

The approval of the proposal is welcomed by the civic association (OZ) Real Victims, according to which the costs of transporting the deceased victims of COVID-19 should not be borne by the survivors.

“Many survivors have struggled with this experience, and their family members have often been transported throughout Slovakia under dramatic circumstances. The cost of the subsequent transfer from the remote hospital back to the place of residence remained on their shoulders, which was often a high item and, in addition to the funeral, this represented another significant financial burden on the family budget, “ said Lenka Straková from the association.


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