Authors from the Health Policy Institute present the current health care system in Slovakia in prestigious Observatory series Health Systems in Transition.
In 2010 Health Policy Institute and rodinka.sk in Slovakia started Maternity Hospital Guide. It is a project to monitor and improve quality of care in Labor and Delivery Rooms. This project brings a new quality assessment in L&DU on the Internet so that pregnant women do not have to rely solely on secondary sources of information, but they can read the direct information from Labor & Delivery Units itself.
According to analyses of Transparency International Slovakia (TIS), Ministry of Health decides which drugs will be covered by health insurance not always in accordance with applicable regulations. TIS analysis points out that half of the applications for new drugs in the past year have not been settled up within the statutory period of six months; the ministry generally lacked expert opinions, and never once was assessing the cost-effectiveness and impact on public finances, despite the fact that the law requires it. Health insurance companies paid annually on drugs 850 million euros, what represents about a third of the total cost on health care from public sources. The analysis examined the categorization of drugs for about one year.
Hospitals, which will do more surgery, will get more money. For each patient after surgery in 18 selected surgical disciplines should get hundred euros extra. This is new philosophy of funding by General Health Insurance Company (VšZP) which should be valid from April this year. This new way of funding is relevant for all university, teaching and general hospitals. The aim of this measure is to decrease the waiting times. State General Health Insurance Company also wants to check the evidence for waiting lists in hospitals. If it finds that some patients are preferred or there is mess in evidence, hospital receives a fine. If hospital fails to dispose patient from evidence, at first notify the provider and after repeated warnings, the hospital may not gets paid for the surgery or gets paid only part of it.
Health insurance companies will return for the fourth quarter of 2012 hundreds of thousands euros for surcharges for thousands of disabled and retired patients. Policyholders will receive the money automatically to the account, so there is no need to apply for them. General Health Insurance Company will send back surcharges for pharmaceuticals to 23.517 policyholders, in amount € 448.206. Health Insurance company Dôvera will send back surcharges for pharmaceuticals to 5.886 policyholders, in total amount of 112.213 euros. Union Health Insurance Company will return to 1.500 policyholders the payments in total amount of more than € 30.600.