For the first time in seven years, the health insurance system is not in deficit

12.88 billion crowns were withdrawn, up from about 2.72 billion crowns a year ago. Costs are about a percent higher.

follows from information Czech Social Security Administration (ČSSZ). Sickness, maternity, pregnancy equalization allowance and maternity, maternity and ordinary and long-term nursing allowances are paid from sickness insurance.

In the first quarter, nearly 12.9 billion crowns were collected from unhealthy taxes. A year ago, it was almost 10.2 billion crowns. Nearly 12.7 billion crowns were paid in the first three months, up from 12.5 billion a year ago.

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In 2020, after the outbreak of the Covid epidemic, revenues fell year-on-year and expenses, on the contrary, increased significantly, the deficit then exceeded 2.3 billion crowns in the first quarter.

In the following year, the deficit exceeded 4.4 billion crowns in the first three months and was close to 4.1 billion crowns the year before. Last year, it fell to 2.3 billion crowns.

Expenditures started outpacing income, but before the Covid crisis, which was already at the peak of the economy. In the first quarter of 2018, it was 40 million crowns, and next year it will be a billion. The reason is that during the last election the expenses increased and the income decreased.

Sickness benefits were increased, paternity and long-term care benefits were newly introduced, and employer contributions were reduced after waiting periods were abolished. After renewing insurance premiums for employees this year, there is a surplus of 230 million crowns.

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The employer pays 2.1 percent based on the assessment, and the employee pays 0.6 percent starting this year. The self-employed pay the sickness bill voluntarily.

In the first quarter, 97,600 of the 1.13 million self-employed persons (OSVČ) did this. Year by year the number decreased. The average assessment base for levies increased to 36,926 crowns from 34,480 last year.

Costs are affected by illness, number of births and level of income. Sickness benefits correspond to a certain percentage of income.

As they increase, so does the amount received. In total, the Social Security Administration provided 1.07 million in sick benefits in the first quarter. 75,000 more than last year.

Compared to the first quarter of last year, sick leave, regular nursing leave, maternity leave and maternity leave decreased. On the other hand, there were more long-term nursing homes, but their numbers were low. A total of 4,938 were issued in the first three months.

Employees can avail all sickness benefits. Self-employed people can get all the support except the regular nursing allowance if they pay taxes on time. However, as per the amendment under discussion, they should also be paid from next year onwards.

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