New law requires foreigners to be insured with state insurer VZP

On Tuesday, July 13, the lower house of the Czech parliament approved a law requiring foreigners with long-term residence in the country to be insured with the state insurer VZP, despite criticism that such a requirement constitutes an unacceptable monopolization.

One of the main changes will require all foreigners with commercial insurance to use Pojišťovna VZP for the first five years, according to reports in various Czech media.

It was only after this period that they could switch to other insurance companies.

The senatorial version finally obtained 71 votes out of the 158 present, opposed by lawmakers from the SPD, the Communist Party and many from the ANO. The Lower House’s proposal received 108 votes out of 160 present and was duly adopted.

“Today, hospitals that provide assistance to foreigners with policies from non-medical insurance companies cannot be sure that they will receive the money spent on treatment,” said Miloslav Yanulik, a party deputy. ANO.

The first time, MPs approved the amendment in early June, but a month later the Senate rejected the document, believing it would lead to market monopolization. Senators sent the bill back to the lower house for reconsideration, offering their own solution to the problem – to create a register of medical insurance policies for foreigners, from which any medical establishment will immediately see whether a patient is insured or not. .

The Aliens Act was proposed to harmonize the regulations on the status of aliens in the Czech Republic with EU law, and aims to create a legal distinction between close family members (i.e. spouses, children and parents) and other dependents, such as unmarried partners. .

The rules for both groups should be simplified; by law, only the first group will benefit from an automatic path to temporary and permanent residence, while the second group will be allowed to stay in the Czech Republic for a longer period and will not have to justify the reason for his stay.

Any foreigner already in the Czech Republic will retain their current status and should not be affected by these changes.

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