State plans to create 140 integrated health-care centres

THE HEALTH Ministry will initiate a plan to construct integrated health-care facilities, where doctors and social workers will provide a broad range of services under one roof, as of 2015. The construction of new facilities, and the reconstruction of older centres, is expected to cost hundreds of millions of euros and should be covered by EU funds.

THE HEALTH Ministry will initiate a plan to construct integrated health-care facilities, where doctors and social workers will provide a broad range of services under one roof, as of 2015. The construction of new facilities, and the reconstruction of older centres, is expected to cost hundreds of millions of euros and should be covered by EU funds.

The integrated health-care centres will house general practitioners as well as dentists, gynaecologists and social advisers, all of whom will work in one place. The centres will replace the current system of isolated consulting rooms, which the Health Ministry believes will reduce the increasing costs of health care.

About one half of the current hospitals will either be turned into specialised health-care centres for patients with chronic illnesses, or simply cease to exist. The whole project should be finished in 10 years with 140 new centres, the Sme daily reported.

These centres should be located in cities, towns and bigger villages, and each one should be able to handle up to 30,000 people. Despite the fact that the centres are mainly for general practitioners, the ministry wants to create space for specialists, too. They will not be there permanently, however, and may work there only certain days of the week.

While these centres could attract young doctors, those who already have their own office may not be interested, according to Ladislav Pásztor, the President of the Association of Private Doctors.

“If [doctors with an office] were willing to have such centres, they would already have them,” Pásztor said, as quoted by Sme.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Dual quality in the EU will be punished

Slovakia’s Agriculture Ministry welcomed the change, calling it a victory.

Food prices keep falling.

Blog: Bringing top business minds and students together

Martin Kardoš of CSI Leasing introduces the Mentor Network Program aimed at pairing young talents with experienced mentors from the business world.

Martin Kardoš, Managing Director CEE at CSI Leasing, at one of the Mentor Network Program events.

Blog: What about parking slots for “brains”?

Will the state of biomedical research trigger reactions at least half as passionate as Bratislava's parking policy?

Illustrative stock photo