Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Report: Slovakia has too many hospitals

SLOVAKIA has 33 more hospitals and 25 percent more beds than it needs, according to a study by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) think tank.

SLOVAKIA has 33 more hospitals and 25 percent more beds than it needs, according to a study by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) think tank.

"To achieve a balance between demand and supply, the number of [health care] providers must be cut," said Peter Pažitný from the Health Policy Institute, a co-author of the IVO analysis.

Pažitný's conclusions were based on data from 2004, when of the more than 38,000 available hospital beds in Slovakia, only 64 percent were used during the year. By calculating an average of 300 beds per hospital, the analysts concluded that the 10,000 unused beds meant that 33 hospitals were superfluous, the Hospodárske noviny wrote.

However, the Health Ministry disagrees with the findings. "The figure of 33 superfluous hospitals has not been proven and cannot be considered as either trustworthy or authoritative," said ministry spokeswoman Eva Slováková.


- Martina Jurinová

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).