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Slovenia's health system is far from falling apart, but it needs radical changes, the country's Health Minister Milojka Kolar said on Friday in her comment on the latest report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the state of affairs in transition countries.

The report reads that in the 1990s Slovenia started reforming its public healthcare and introduced supplementary health insurance and private services. However, it is faced with challenges stemming from accumulating costs in the treatment of chronic diseases and care for an ageing population.

Following an analysis, WHO recommends that Slovenia should further disperse sources of financing for public healthcare and optimise services as well as conducting the rationalisation of procurement of medicaments.

Prime Minister Miro Cerar's cabinet said at the start of the new year that reforming the health system was a priority in 2016.

Minister Kolar said that some segments of the health sector required thorough changes in order to improve the coordination of the entire system and to precisely define the roles of all stakeholders.

The government plans to change the modes of financing in light of the fact that the current model is heavily dependant on payments made through health contributions.

Slovenia's health expenditure is USD 2085 per capita, which is lower than in Austria - USD 5,427  per capita while, Switzerland's health expenditure is USD 9,276 per capita.

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