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PM reprimanded over private hospital agreements

Parliament’s Auditor General has reprimanded the prime minister for favouring private hospitals while health minister Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen did not give enough consideration to the quality of service when he set reimbursement rates for private hospitals while serving...

Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen did not give enough consideration to the quality of service when he set reimbursement rates for private hospitals while serving as health minister, according to the Auditor General’s office.

The National Audit Office’s report, ‘Price and Quality at Private Hospitals’, indicates that in 2006 Rasmussen gave the private hospital system 15 percent more in state reimbursements than they had requested. The office determined that this was at the expense of the public healthcare system.

Because of the deal, the Auditor General’s Office has now given the PM an official reprimand – the second most severe official criticism the office can give out.

While the incident has been roundly criticised in parliament, the PM’s own Liberal Party, and the Conservatives said Rasmussen had acted appropriately.

It is the first time in 17 years that the six politically appointed members of the Auditor General’s Office have not issued a unanimous decision.

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