Health and Wellbeing Committee

For sustainable, accessible and fair health care system!
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Urša Lakner, PFIZER

Focus on citizens – for a sustainable, fair and accessible health care system



The state as a service must focus on the citizens and consider all the options that are available at this time. One of the areas that is in urgent need of a reform is the health care system which should focus on the well-being of people.


  1. A sustainable, fair and efficient health care system

The healthcare system should be sustainable, accessible, fair and one that would encourage the co-existence of the public and the private sector in order to provide the best service and choice, therefore its reform should be comprehensive, transparent and fair. We are committed to solutions that place the individual at the heart of discussion and ensure harmonized and comprehensive care based on relevant and coordinated clinical data.

  1. Management and organization of the health care system

The management and organization of the health care system should be optimized, the management of hospitals should be autonomous. We propose an introduction of legal and organizational changes that will enable the introduction of corporate management and modern administration of hospitals. We support the continuation of the debate on changing the public hospital network by proposing a specialization of regional hospitals and introducing so-called specialized hospitals. We support the autonomous management of hospitals, the introduction of legal and organizational changes that enable the introduction of corporate management and modern administration of hospitals with clear responsibility and authorization. We find it crucial to set key performance indicators (KPIs) and set up a system for monitoring KPIs at a national level.

  1. Financing the health care system

The health care system should form business models and be considered as an important industry that is an equivalent partner when introducing changes to the Slovenian health care system. By proposing to raise awareness among citizens with regard to health protection we emphasize the importance of changes in the way the health system operates on the market with a non-profit model and the health financing arrangements together with measures that do not increase the burden on the economy and consequently reduce competitiveness.

  1. Public-Private Partnership in Health Care

The Committee is committed to the coexistence of public and private sectors, including forms of public-private partnerships.  In any case, we are committed to providing a transparent, flexible and fast system for granting concessions to all those who offer provision of health services in accordance with all quality standards for safe and effective treatment of patients and are economically more favorable than other service providers (including public hospitals).

  1. Introducing Innovations in Health Care

Regarding introduction of innovations and innovative models (HTAs) we propose an establishment of an independent group of experts that would operate independently but in cooperation with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia.

  1. Health is an industry and an opportunity for the development of Slovenia

The term "health care industry" includes several economic sectors that interact within one economic system and provide a range of services, methodologies and treatment products as well as innovative technologies in the broadest sense of the term in curative care, preventive care, public health, rehabilitation and palliative care.

Transparent coexistence between public and private sectors can improve the quality and efficiency of the health care system and help create new jobs that would contribute to further GDP growth - like in Switzerland, where health care services in the broadest sense contribute to around 13 percent of national GDP.

We advocate that health care is considered as an important industry and is an equivalent partner in introducing changes to the Slovenian health care system.


Andrej Črepinšek, IBM SLOVENIJA