Prenatal and postnatal care
You’re pregnant or you’ve just given birth, and you’re wondering what kind of rights you’re entitled to in the public health system? Usually, when you are visiting public health facilities, you have to make what is known as a co-payment for the services that you receive. However, the Law on Reproductive Health says that all females are exempt from co-payments in public health institutions for the following services: pre-conception advice periodical antenatal health care; health care during birth, periodical and health care attendance while in confinement and; baby care. In addition, the Article 31 of the law also specifically states that access to sexual and reproductive health should be of the highest level for select social categories, including here teenagers and young people.
Your public health institution is legally obliged to give you the best possible treatment for any prenatal and postnatal services and to do so for free. If you are asked to pay, you should know that this is not legal and should alert any supervisors. You arealso entitled to file a formal complaintwithin the institution if your rights to qualitative and free treatment are violated.
According to the Law on the Health Inspectorate, the latter is tasked with monitoring the implementation of all legislation related to the health sector, and is obliged to report any breaches of the law to the Ministry of Health, which in turn can issue administrative and/or other fines to the medical institution.