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PM Pellegrini announces investment in health care

Most of the money to go into health care had already been proposed and some even introduced by the previous health minister (a Smer nominee) Tomáš Drucker, analyst points out. Compiled by Spectator staff ,30. May 2018, at 14:07

University Hospital Bratislava

EC halted proceedings against Slovakia in re-export of medicaments

It basically acknowledged medicaments are not common goods, and new rules determining their trading should be found. Compiled by Spectator staff ,22. May 2018, at 14:09

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Slovaks die of cancer more often than other EU citizens

The survival rate after diagnosing breast, cervical and colon cancer has not improved. Compiled by Spectator staff ,22. May 2018, at 13:57

The National Oncology Institute, stock photo.

Health care debt deepened massively

The state university and teaching hospitals owe the most in unsettled invoices and levies. Compiled by Spectator staff ,9. May 2018, at 22:56

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Oncology patients still wait too long, even after head resigns

The reason for the long-term lack of beds and postponed surgeries is mostly missing medical staff. Compiled by Spectator staff ,18. Apr 2018, at 13:49

The National Oncology Institute, stock photo.

New health minister: I'm a doctor first of all

While some praise the fact that the Health Ministry was taken over by an insider, others question Andrea Kalavská’s professionality and morality. Radka Minarechová ,11. Apr 2018, at 12:01

Andrea Kalavská

Vaccination holes threaten Slovakia

Parents often do not vaccinate their children when there is a low occurrence of a disease, chief hygienist says. Compiled by Spectator staff ,3. Apr 2018, at 21:32

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Slovak patients unhappy with “hotel services” in hospitals

In a chart compiled by the Dôvera private insurer, thousands of patients ranked the best and worst health facilities in Slovakia. Compiled by Spectator staff ,14. Mar 2018, at 22:35

The disputed hospital in Nitra

In ambulances, doctors have become more scarce

Doctors are replaced by rescuers with lower education instead. Compiled by Spectator staff ,20. Feb 2018, at 23:00

Falck ambulances, illustrative stock photo

A girl suffering from swine flu hospitalised in Kramáre

The kindergarten’s headmistress says she may have the H1N1 type. Compiled by Spectator staff ,20. Feb 2018, at 21:23

Kramáre hospital

Court: Slovak government put private health insurers at a disadvantage

The Court of Justice of the European Union issued a ruling concerning the alleged unjustified help to state-run insurance company. Compiled by Spectator staff ,6. Feb 2018, at 14:01

Dôvera health insurer

Plastic surgery clinic dismissed following reports on dubious practices

First victim of the scandal concerning dubious plastic surgeries revealed by the Trend weekly. Compiled by Spectator staff ,1. Feb 2018, at 14:09

The University Hospital of Louis Pasteur in Košice

Health Minister: Euro Health Consumer Index good news for Slovakia

Slovakia still struggles with informal payments to doctors by drug firms. Compiled by Spectator staff ,30. Jan 2018, at 22:30

Concern about drug firms influencing doctors.

Flu is on the rise

In the third week of January, 6,184 patients were reported to have the flu or similar diseases. Compiled by Spectator staff ,22. Jan 2018, at 13:07

Flu occurrence is on the rise, illustrative stock photo

Private doctors: eHealth causes problems and robs doctors of time meant for patients

Representative of private doctors complained that the recently launched system of electronic health care does not work properly yet, and that it makes the work of GPs difficult. Compiled by Spectator staff ,16. Jan 2018, at 23:30

eHealth was launched some time ago but it still does not work properly.

No more fees for epidurals or the presence of the father at birth

Several changes in hospital fees are planned for this year. Compiled by Spectator staff ,10. Jan 2018, at 23:32

New mothers often complain about a lack of privacy.

Outbreak of measles may bring new vaccination calendar

Six recent cases of measles reported in Bratislava has made health authorities prepare an immunology report – the first in 15 years. Compiled by Spectator staff ,10. Jan 2018, at 13:23

University Hospital at Kramáre; illustrative stock photo

Žilina Region might have bought overpriced CT scanners

The current representatives accuse the former governor of purchasing the devices for too much, but he rejects this. Compiled by Spectator staff ,9. Jan 2018, at 23:26

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Slovakia launches online health care

But some doctors warn against the problems the system might cause. Compiled by Spectator staff ,2. Jan 2018, at 21:31

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