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After the resignation of Dr Andrej Brucan on 30/8/2007, the Parliament voted in favor of the new minister, Mrs Zofija Mazej Kukovic, following her presentation of the program for the last year of this legislative term. She took over her duties on 12 September. The foci of her ministerial term will be: successful conclusion of public tenders, IT development, preparation of the national health strategy and plan, and more transparency in granting concessions for private delivery of health care.
The change of ministers was the result of a broader political process. It involves some of the important issues that had remained unresolved or/and not implemented in a timely manner. The new minister outlined priorities in some of these topics, namely in: conclusion of public tenders, IT development, preparation of the national health strategy and plan, and in introducing more transparency to the process of granting concessions for private delivery of health care.
The appointment of a new minister of health has been the result of a political process. The main objective of the change is to approach more resolutely some of the burning issues at the national policy level and in operational tasks at different level.
The focus is on organisational changes, which should include:
Ministry of Health, Health professionals (mainly physicians and dentists), Health care providers
|Medienpräsenz||sehr gering||sehr hoch|
It is unlikely that a great deal of new innovative changes will be introduced, but it remains a fact that changes may be important given the attention and the priority given to the few selected priority areas in health policy.
The change of ministers occurred as a result of a government reconstruction, which in itself does not signal a major change in priorities. Still, there are some important indications that do show intentions to approach health policy development in a slightly different way.
Prior to the change of ministers there was rising dissatisfaction and pressure in the country regarding the need for intervention in all of the listed areas.
Change of minister and a slight change in the minister's priorities in health care
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The main origin of the change was the political setting. The new minister's priorities and policy topics clearly show the intention to pick up on the open points on the health policy agenda and to move them forward in all those fields where little progress had been made over the last 2 years.
The arrival of the new minister of health to office was a fact to be adopted as such to all involved in health policy. Of course, there will be some changes, primarily affecting the previously very favourable role of the medical profession. This resulted in at least two important broader consequences - an intense process of privatisation of health care delivery and in exertion of an important influence on health policy. These two are bound to change or, at least, to become slightly modified. Also the role of the main health care provider in the country, the University medical centre of Ljubljana is going to be slightly smaller as previously the ministers' posts were usually occupied by one of their doctors.
|Medical profession||sehr unterstützend||stark dagegen|
|University medical centre Ljubljana||sehr unterstützend||stark dagegen|
The new minister of health outlined some priorities that will be addressed during her term:
|Medical profession||sehr groß||kein|
|University medical centre Ljubljana||sehr groß||kein|
|Qualität||kaum Einfluss||starker Einfluss|
|Gerechtigkeit||System weniger gerecht||System gerechter|
|Kosteneffizienz||sehr gering||sehr hoch|
At present, it is difficult to estimate what precise effects the change in office of the minister of health will have.
Ministry of health homepage - www.mz.gov.si