MPs uphold presidential veto of healthcare network overhaul

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The Lithuanian parliament upheld on Tuesday President Dalia Grybauskaitė's veto of a legislative package paving the way for an overhaul of the network of hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

In a vote of 117 to none and two abstentions, the Seimas decided to consider the package it had passed during the spring session as not adopted.

Grybauskaitė sent the package to the parliament for reconsideration, citing its incompatibility with the Constitution as the reason.

The president then said that she supported a health sector reform, but criticized provisions giving priority to state-owned health facilities in signing contracts with Territorial Health Insurance Funds (THIFs) for health services' costs to be covered by compulsory health insurance.

"The president supports an overhaul of healthcare facilities as necessary, because the current network of hospitals is inefficient, expensive and fails to ensure top-quality services. However, constitutional principles can't be compromised, not even for the purpose of achieving the best goals," Rasa Svetikaitė, an advisor to the president, said.

Source: BNS
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