Information for Patients
The Slovenian healthcare system consists mainly of public facilities with some private hospitals as well.
The healthcare system in Slovenia is run primarily by the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia (Zavod za zdravsteno zavarovanje Slovenije). Healthcare contributions are paid by both employees and their employers. The amount paid varies according to monthly earnings. A recently introduced national system has provided all insured patients with a smart card to increase efficiency.
Medical emergencies are provided free of charge to anyone in Slovenia. The hospital may later ask for proof of insurance or may charge a fee. EU patients may be able to use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Non-EU patients visiting Slovenia must arrange private insurance before obtaining visas or residence permits.
In case of an emergency dial 144 for an ambulance.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Healthcare professionals seeking jobs in Slovenia must have proof of their medical degree. They must enter the official physician registry to practice independently. For this to occur, one must make an application and submit required documents to the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia. Alternatively, foreign physicians may be invited as an honorary member by an appointed physician.
A popular field of medicine in Slovenia seems to be psychiatry. There are numerous mental healthcare facilities in Slovenia.
The main language of instruction is Slovenian. Children may also be taught Hungarian or Italian.
Information for Travelers
Recommended vaccinations prior to travelling to Slovenia include hepatitis A and B, influenza, rabies, typhoid and all other routine vaccinations.
Slovenia is growing as a medical tourism destination for the accessibility of facilities paired with relatively low fees compared to other European countries. This has also increased the medical staff who can speak English as well.
Link to the Ministry of health website for Slovenia: https://www.gov.si/en/