At the general meeting, representatives of Vzajemna’s members voted several resolutions opposing the government’s law on transforming Vzajemna into a joint-stock company and management, and instructed the supervisory board to carry out all activities so that the company maintains the same status.
According to the government, the aim of the law is to regulate and protect the financial position of the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia as the founder of the insurance company and its 700,000 insured persons or members during the transformation of the supplementary health insurance system.
“The legal proposal, as presented by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, unjustifiably interferes with the autonomy of the commercial company and the property rights of its members. Only the members of Vzajemna are the ones who have the right to autonomously decide on the possible status transformation of Vzajemna. Also, the timeline of the planned transformation in a joint-stock company is in no way suitable, as this procedure can further threaten the company’s operations and existence. We estimate that damage will be caused to the members,” the president of the board of Vzajemna wrote in the press release Ales Mikeln.
As he states, they want to preserve the decision-making autonomy of Vzajemna members and prevent them from being harmed and unconstitutional encroachment on their property rights. “With the adopted decisions, we want to preserve the decision-making autonomy of Vzajemna members and prevent their harm and unconstitutional interference with their property rights,” he added.
In the press release, the representatives wrote that in the event of a possible distribution of assets from the supplementary health insurance, they support the distribution of the assets in such a way that it is distributed to all members of the Mutual, who are members of the Mutual on the basis of the supplementary health insurance contract.
Instead of a bill, Vzajemna also proposes to adopt a legislative solution, in line with the law with which one the assets that will remain from the supplementary health insurance on 31 December 2023 will be distributed among the members of the Mutual from the supplementary health insurance. “Such a solution does not require the transformation of Vzajemna from a mutual insurance company into a joint-stock company, with whereby the members retain the right to decide on the future operations of the company. At the same time, the interest of those members who will be protected with by ceasing the implementation of supplementary health insurance in the existing manner and the resulting termination of insurance contracts, they lost all membership rights.” they wrote down.
The status transformation is otherwise due to the transfer of voluntary supplementary health insurance into a mandatory health contribution, which will be with adopted amendment to the Act on Health Care and Health Insurance with 1. January 2024 started collecting ZZZS.