Monika Pažinková should be a new President of the Healthcare Surveillance Authority (HSA) from the beginning of August. She should replace Ján Gajdoš, who resigned. Minister of Health Zuzana Zvolenská has already submitted the proposal for her appointment to the governmental meeting. Monika Pažinková has been a member of Supervisory Board of the Authority from February last year.
Ministry of Health should get the competency to establish the National transplant organization, which should be the co-ordinating part of all processes of transplantation with exactly set tasks and mandates. This body should, inter alia, issue the written approval necessary for providers, who are providing the export of issues and cells out of Slovakia. This results from the amendment to the act on health care approved by the Government.
President Ivan Gašparovič signed the amendment to the Act on Health Insurance, which introduces the new mechanism of risk-adjusted premium redistribution. This step should bring additional almost €30 million annualy to state Všeobecná zdravotná poisťovňa (General Health Insurance Company). This will be paid by the private insurance companies Dôvera (almost €22 million) and Union (€8.7 million). New re-distribution scheme will enter into force in July.
Health insurance companies have to submit by June 30th to Ministry of Health the annual data on consumption of categorized pharmaceuticals for each policyholder for previous 3 years. Health insurance companies will submit to Ministry of Health by the end of June in electronic form also the data on annual costs of health insurance company on the health care for each policyholder for previous 2 years. This results from the announcement of the Ministry of Health, which provides the data interfaces for transmission of information.
Interests of nurses and midwives will be represented by new trade unions in the form of Trade Union of Nurses and Midwives. As the president of the Union Viliam Záborský was chosen, who works as a nurse at bedside in National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Bratislava. Nurses are currently represented by the Slovak Trade Union of Health and Social Services. According to Záborský, the only solution how nurses can fight for their dignified position in the society and to defend their status is the creation of their own trade union.
L. Pasteur University hospital in Košice opened the workstation for preparation of issue and cell transplants. Costs on top-quality laboratories and outpatient clinics reached € 2.17 million and were financed from the EU funds. Construction works started in October last year. Costs on construction exceeded € 1.1 million and on medical and laboratory equipment reached more than € 1 million. Workstation meets the stringent European criteria and enables to develop and apply new scientific and treating procedures into the practice.
General hospital with polyclinic in Levoča opened a new oncology outpatient clinic. Month-long reconstruction of older facilities direct within the hospital area, in the surgery building and on the department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care was worth more than € 30 000. Oncology outpatient clinic was until now placed in the building outside of the area. Capacity of the clinic after reconstruction increased from two to three beds for application of chemotherapy, what will accelerate and improve the treatment of patients.
Slovakia as the only country of European Union has the biggest free e-learning portal for doctors. It is, however, not available for doctors working in the capital city. This is caused by the rules of the Union, which under Structural funds finances this project. Slovak legislation and the Ministry of Health allegedly cannot influence this fact. The rule is set by the European Union and in the frame of projects sponsored from Structural Funds it applies also to other countries.
Minister of Health Zuzana Zvolenská wants to give the health care system a vision for at least 10 years. Conception should be formed by separate body – advisory board of Minister, the status of which she wants to introduce in summer. Minister would only be invited. According to the Minister Slovakia has big problems in education, fails to attract the segment of primary care and is also missing the health care professionals. These are the problems, which should be concerned by the advisory board. Working groups should work regardless of what the political direction of the country would be.
Slovak Medical Chamber launches free educational portal for doctors, i-med.sk. Doctors will find there hundreds of lectures and articles from all areas of medicine, recordings from conferences or videos from operations. Chamber obtained for the creation of portal almost € 1 750 000 from European Social Fund, it used about half of it so far. According to the President of the Chamber, Milan Dragula, it will be the biggest e-learning portal in Slovakia.