“PUBLIC HEALTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT GOOD WE ALL SHOULD STRIVE FOR.”

In her opinion, the key is to listen to each other when it comes to the issue of accessibility. Because there are differences when it comes to emergency measures in healthcare, but she herself believes that they can be overcome with arguments and numbers and above all by listening to each other. According to her, this is feasible, as long as all participants are guided by the common interest and not individual particular interests.

“Doctors and other health workers are a key stakeholder in the health system, without them it will not be possible to bring about changes, but at the same time, politics must establish organizational, process and financial conditions so that only they can provide health services efficiently, qualitatively and safely. All stakeholders must be seen as partners and not opponents, with patients in mind, who must be at the forefront.”

The important message of today’s discussion was that in order to make a breakthrough in the field of changes in the health care system, we absolutely need to adopt the mindset that changes are necessary and that politics with its measures must inspire confidence and not repeatedly upset and create the impression that we are in an emergency situation.

We have heard this several times during the debate today. All interlocutors agreed that public healthcare is absolutely necessary and at the same time called for a clearer legal demarcation of concessionaires.

dr. Erik Brecelj, specialist in general and abdominal surgery and head of the Strategic Council for Healthcare, pointed out during the debate that if we want to regulate the system, we need numbers. And that at the moment we don’t have the numbers in Slovenian healthcare. At the same time, he said that zero tolerance for corruption and putting the patient at the center are key to increasing access to health services in Slovenia.

Vlatka Rokvić, Ph.D. med., specialist in family medicine and recipient of the title My Family Doctor 2023, prefaced by saying that our healthcare system is currently unfriendly to both patients and doctors: “Family doctors, and other doctors as well, are burning out. Due to too much dedication to the patient, too much work, they do not have time to take care of their own health. Let’s remember the 39-year-old doctor Jupi, a couple of years ago in the corona. I do family work, I work at home, I’m on call, corona, I don’t have time for myself, a person dies. We have many of them. Do we need it? We have to do something useful for all of us.”

In the following, she also asserted that “there is no waiting period for me. The patient who calls comes for an examination today, if he cannot today he comes for an examination tomorrow.”

M.Sc. Marko Bitenc, Ph.D. med., director and owner of Kirurgija Bitenc, also touched on the political connotation of healthcare: “For me, public healthcare can be neither left nor right, it is only public healthcare. My assessment is that, regardless of the fact that our health legislation is very old, I claim that without a significant change to the existing legislation, with measures that can be written on one side of A4 paper, many anomalies can be corrected and improved in the short term. “

The interlocutors agreed that cooperation between healthcare stakeholders is key if we want to bring about changes for the benefit of the patient. In the gallery below, some highlights from today’s expert consultation.