Only 40 percent of people have confidence in Slovakia's health-care system, while many view it as ineffective and ill-organised, according to sociological research entitled Health and Health Care that was carried out by the sociology department of Comenius University (UK) in Bratislava.
"The reason for this critical assessment of health care lies mainly in the negative evaluation of such aspects as its management, including the managing of allocated financial resources, its efficiency, the organisation of the health-care system, and the performance of our doctors," said UK sociology department head Jan Sopóci, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
The research further revealed that people in Slovakia are aware of the importance of health, but only some of them actually put it first, with one-fifth of the respondents claiming that they engage in some sort of physical activity on a daily basis compared to another fifth who are chain smokers and frequent consumers of alcohol. Only one-third of those surveyed stated that they eat fruit or vegetables every day. In addition, some 50 percent of the respondents claimed that they have regular health checks. While approximately 80 percent described their physical condition as good, almost one-third of those questioned claimed that they have suffered health problems when performing their work or when carrying out household chores.
The research was conducted on a sample of 1,128 respondents aged 18 years and above. It dealt with the physical condition of people living in Slovakia, their health-related concerns and their use of the health-care system.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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23. Apr 2013 at 14:00