Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder replied to the interpellation concerning the depreciation of the buildings of health care providers (No 523), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Jaak Aab, Nikolai Põdramägi, Evelyn Sepp, Kadri Simson, Marika Tuus, Aivar Riisalu, Lembit Kaljuvee, Valeri Korb, Georg Pelisaar, Inara Luigas, Enn Eesmaa, Toivo Tootsen and Arvo Sarapuu on 20 October.
Teder noted that the depreciation of the buildings of health care providers is financed from the state budget through the Ministry of Social Affairs on the basis of a contract entered into between the Ministry and the health insurance fund, pursuant to law. These rules were introduced to the Act by way of amendment as of 1 January 2008.
Generally, health care is financed from the funds allocated for health insurance in the state budget. According to the Act, the reference price of health care services includes all expenses necessary for providing health care services, except for the expenses related to research and training of pupils and students. The Act expressly specifies the expenses related to the construction and renovation of buildings as one of price components of health care services. These have been included in the price of health care services all the time, explained Teder.
The Chancellor of Justice found that the current organisation of the financing of the depreciation of buildings is not in compliance with the purpose of the Health Care Services Organisation Act which is to clearly separate the funds and financing sources necessary for covering the depreciation of buildings from other funds allocated to health care providers, above all, not to finance the depreciation of buildings from health insurance funds pursuant to general procedure. He explained that legislators have a wide decision space in the organisation of the financing of health care but at the same time they have to stick to the financing rules chosen by themselves. “If the organisation of the financing of the depreciation of buildings provided for in the Health Care Services Organisation Act does not comply with the actual intention of the legislators then they will have to make the necessary corrections in Acts,” stressed Teder.
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip replied to the interpellation concerning the importance of Türi College in terms of regional policy (No 520), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Arvo Sarapuu, Lauri Laasi, Inara Luigas, Tiit Kuusmik and Jaak Aab on 19 October.
The Minister of Culture Laine Jänes replied to the interpellation concerning the integration budget (No 522), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Vladimir Velman, Nelli Privalova, Kalle Laanet, Olga Sõtnik, Inara Luigas, Valeri Korb, Lembit Kaljuvee, Georg Pelisaar, Lauri Laasi and Evelyn Sepp on 20 October.
The Minister of Justice Rein Lang replied to two interpellations. They were the following:
the interpellation concerning the loss of confiscated narcotic drugs (No 525), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Kalle Laanet, Tiit Kuusmik, Lembit Kaljuvee, Toivo Tootsen, Nelli Privalova, Ain Seppik, Evelyn Sepp, Vladimir Velman, Jüri Ratas, Lauri Laasi, Mailis Reps, Inara Luigas, Olga Sõtnik and Nikolai Põdramägi on 26 October;
the interpellation concerning the alleged violation of competition rules by Eesti Energia Ltd (No 533), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Lembit Kaljuvee, Toivo Tootsen, Nelli Privalova, Ain Seppik, Vladimir Velman, Tiit Kuusmik, Enn Eesmaa, Valeri Korb and Helle Kalda on 15 November.
On the motion of the Cultural Affairs Committee, the second reading of the Media Services Bill (827 SE), initiated by the Government, was excluded from the agenda for the working week.
During the open microphone, Kalle Laanet took the floor.
The Riigikogu Press Service
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