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The Process of Health Legislation Reform in the Republic of Slovenia

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Slovenia was among the first European countries to introduce laws and regulations in the social security field, including public health. The current health legislation is the culmination of a century-long development of the health care system through different periods and diverse political and economic conditions affecting the region. The present organization of the health care system reflects the pattern of partnership which already existed in the former Yugoslavia. The ultimate goal of all countries is to implement health care activities within a system ensuring active participation and partnership of citizens who are universally covered by a public health insurance scheme, health legislators and providers of health services. Slovenia has therefore not been confronted with any major difficulties in implementing health care system reforms. By amending and modifying its health legislation Slovenia will build upon its good points, improve clarity and integrate certain approaches important for the functioning of its health care system in the European Union when Slovenia becomes a full member. Changes are directed towards:

strengthening inter-sectoral cooperation and health and safety at work;

creating environments supporting a healthy life style and emphasizing personal responsibility for one's own health;

— maintaining a unified public health insurance scheme and sufficient financing through employer and employee contributions;

— introducing voluntary health insurance;

— developing in a controlled way an efficient and effective private medical practice;

— strengthening of management in public health institutions and increasing staff's responsibility for business success.

— implementing quality improvement systems.

Affiliations: 1: Ministrstvo za zdravstvo (Ministry of Health), Stefanova 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia Telephone: + 386 61 178 6001, Telefax: + 386 61 178 6058 or ++ 178 6049; 2: Ministrstvo za zdravstvo (Ministry of Health), Stefanova 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia Telephone: + 386 61 178 6001, Telefax: + 386 61 178 6058 or ++ 178 6049 E-mail:


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