Slovakia

Information for Patients
The Slovak healthcare system consists of government hospitals as well as private facilities. 
Anyone earning an income in Slovakia must pay a monthly health insurance contribution of a total of 14% of their monthly income. These contributions are paid into the health insurance company of the employee’s choice, either owned by the government or privately-owned systems. 

The unemployed population, children, pensioners and women on maternity leave have their health insurance paid by the state at about 5% of the average monthly income in the Slovak Republic. Patients holding a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may be covered if used during temporary visits. 
Foreigners that do not hold a EHIC may be advised to purchase medical insurance whilst visiting Solvakia.


Information for Health Care Professionals
There seems to be a shortage in qualified medical doctors in Slovakia.
Medical doctors seeking to relocate in Slovakia should provide evidence of professional working proficiency of the official language, Slovak, through an exam. The applicant must also obtain validation of their qualifications from the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. This is then followed by an exam to verify their professional skills.


Information for Travelers 
The main field of medical tourism in Slovakia is based around natural spas that can boast about thermal and mineral properties. A growing industry for Slovakia which also closely relates to the attraction of wellness spas are plastic and reconstructive surgery clinics. Medical tourists are accommodated with English speaking healthcare staff as well as modern and high-quality facilities are relatively lower prices as compared to other European healthcare facilities.
Recommended vaccinations prior to visiting Slovakia include hepatitis A and B, rabies as well as all other routine vaccinations.

Link to the Ministry of health website for Slovakia: http://www.uvzsr.sk/en/
 

 

References:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3405344/
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-in-slovakia
https://www.minedu.sk/recognition-of-completed-foreign-education-on-pursuit-of-regulated-profession-in-the-slovak-republic/
https://www.treatmentabroad.com/destinations/slovakia/healthcare-system-slovakia