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News on medicine and health care in Slovakia

Foreign doctors criticise changes enabling them to help during the coronavirus pandemic

Although they welcome the changes, foreign doctors point to several problematic points.Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. May 2020, at 13:49

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The sad reality behind the masks

When the coronavirus epidemic is gone, we will have to deal with an epidemic of obesity and dementia.Anca Dragu, 27. May 2020, at 11:55

Face masks are obligatory in Slovakia.

No virus, no treatment, patients with other medical issues complain

Hospitals and outpatient departments defend themselves, saying they follow hygienic instructions.Ján Krempaský, 6. May 2020, at 20:27

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Health and life are the main priorities in a pandemic. Ministry defends limited access to abortions

Ombudswoman and NGOs see unfounded limits in safe access to abortions in Slovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Apr 2020, at 23:22

Marek Krajčí, Health Minister

The COVID-19 virus to slow down Slovak economy

Firms are cancelling meetings and business trips, disinfecting their premises and sending their employees to work from home.Jana Liptáková, 11. Mar 2020, at 19:16

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Slovaks live fewer healthy years than other Europeans

The Health Ministry is focusing on prevention.Compiled by Spectator staff, 5. Mar 2020, at 13:40

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UPDATED: 27. Feb 2020, at 01:10

UPDATED: Slovakia getting ready for coronavirus

Border checks, no mail delivery to Italy, and temperature checks at Slovak airports are all in place from February 28.Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Feb 2020, at 13:55

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Poll: Slovaks worry about corruption and a bad political culture

The most problematic area is the standard of living.Compiled by Spectator staff, 8. Jan 2020, at 13:38

"Corruption is cancer of society"

Vaccination calendar will change

The change regarding the MMR vaccine should lower the risk of occurrence and spreading of measles in children’s collectives.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Dec 2019, at 13:42

MMR vaccine

Slovakia recorded the highest number of new HIV cases last year

The country still belongs to the EU member states with the lowest HIV incidence, but numbers are rising.Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Dec 2019, at 13:28

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Slovaks consume fewer antibiotics, but resistance is rising

Doctors in districts with high antibiotics consumption should think again about whether they are really necessary.Compiled by Spectator staff, 7. Nov 2019, at 14:00

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Health Minister Kalavská withdrew hospital reform minutes before the vote

The minister also tabled a proposal concerning the vaccination of children.Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Oct 2019, at 22:14

Health Minister Andrea Kalavská talks to the media after the government's meeting on September 27, 2019. PM Peter Pellegrini stands in the background

Which are the best hospitals in Slovakia?

The ranking was published by think tank INEKO.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Oct 2019, at 13:45

F.D. Roosevelt University Hospital in Banská Bystrica

Government has approved hospital reform

But it lacks the support of Smer.Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Sep 2019, at 13:19

PM Peter Pellegrini and Health Minister Andrea Kalavská after the government approved the reform of hospitals.

First medical vending machine installed in Bratislava

People can buy condoms or alcohol testers among other things at any hour.Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Aug 2019, at 14:06

The first medical vending machine is installed in Bratislava.

Slovakia's first neuropsychiatrist: Psychiatric disorder is still a stigma

Neuropsychiatry in Slovakia is still in its infancy.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 7. Aug 2019, at 16:44

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The door with no handle

Getting treated in the Slovak public health care system is never less than an adventure. Some of the surprises are tiresome; many are just odd.James Thomson, 25. Jul 2019, at 16:05

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State does not have to pay for the ban on generating profits

Financial group Penta lost its first lawsuit over the ban for private health insurers. The verdict is not valid yet.Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. Jul 2019, at 12:44

The best maternity wards in Slovakia

Some of them could soon gain the badge of a Baby-friendly Hospital.Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. Jul 2019, at 23:24

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Doctors say state must act over GP shortage

GPs in Slovakia have up to 3,000 patients – usual figure abroad is 1,000.Radka Minarechová, 8. Jul 2019, at 19:30

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