Health care

News on medicine and health care in Slovakia

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

Radovan Hrubý
Nice driveway! An occasional column on life in Slovakia

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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Is Slovakia a destination for health tourism?

Slovakia discovered by tourists searching for other medical procedures besides spa treatment.Radka Minarechová, 3. Jul 2019, at 6:30

Piešťany is known for its healing waters and mud.

Dispute between Penta and the state continues

The financial group demands compensation from the state due to damage caused by a ban on generating profits through health insurers.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Jun 2019, at 13:08

Dôvera health insurer
UPDATED: 5. Jun 2019, at 14:13

A health insurer agreed on new deal over blood tests

A little boy could not have his blood taken due to a missing contract. The insurer meanwhile agreed on a new deal.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Jun 2019, at 14:33

The old contract between the VšZP state health insurer and the Medirex company, carrying out blood tests, expired on June 1, 2019. The new one has not been signed.

Nurses and midwives awarded

The prestigious White Heart awards were granted on the occasion of International Nurses Day.Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. May 2019, at 13:55

President Andrej Kiska met with the White Heart laureates on May 21.

Slovakia records the highest number of new HIV cases in history

In total, 102 Slovaks and foreigners living in the country became infected with HIV in 2018.Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. May 2019, at 13:14

Slovakia recorded 102 new HIV cases in 2018.

Košice hospital patient died after the wrong transfusion

He allegedly received a transfusion from the wrong blood group.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. May 2019, at 22:42

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Dilapidated Rázsochy building frame will disappear

The Health Ministry will soon announce a new tender for hospital construction.Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. May 2019, at 14:09

The hospital skeleton in Rázsochy