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In Czechia, thousands of Ukrainian refugees lost government-paid health insurance

Thousands of Ukrainian refugees in Czechia lost health insurance. Photo: Wikipedia

Thousands of Ukrainian refugees in Czechia lost health insurance. Photo: Wikipedia

On July 25, 2022, thousands of Ukrainian refugees who were forced to move to the Czech Republic lost their right to automatic health insurance, which had been paid by the government.

Radio Prague International informed that 150 days after having been granted temporary protection in the Czech Republic, refugees aged 18 to 65 have to indicate who will pay for their health insurance after July 25.

In particular, they have to notify the insurance company with which they have been registered about it on a special website within eight days after the end of their previous paid policy term.

This will affect about 215 thousand refugees registered with the country’s largest insurance company, The General Health Insurance Company (VZP).

Earlier, the government was supposed to pay for the refugees’ health insurance automatically for a year, but the Czech parliament reduced this term to 150 days.

Earlier, it was reported that the Czech Republic had issued temporary protection visas to 0.4 million Ukrainians fleeing Russian aggression.

In June 2022, the Czech parliament decided to limit humanitarian aid to displaced Ukrainians who fled from Russian military aggression. The upper house of parliament supported the limitation of humanitarian aid paid to Ukrainians to CZK 5,000 (€200).

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