The Health Sector in the Slovak Republic: Efficiency and Reform

27 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2007

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Marijn Verhoeven

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fiscal Affairs Department

Victoria Gunnarsson

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fiscal Affairs Department

Sergio Lugaresi

Capitalia; Capitalia

Date Written: September 2007

Abstract

The paper assesses the financial situation of the health sector in the Slovak Republic. It also evaluates the efficiency of health expenditures and service delivery in comparison to the OECD and other new EU member states and suggests avenues for cost recovery and reform. The health sector of the Slovak Republic is plagued by financial problems. To turn around health system finances and achieve larger gains in health outcomes, the efficiency of health spending needs to increase and the mix and quality of real health resources need to be improved. Although Slovak's overall health spending efficiency is on par with that of the OECD, substantial inefficiencies occur in the process of transforming intermediate health inputs into health outcomes. Efficiency may be enhanced by containing the cost of drugs and reducing reliance on hospital care. Also, although cost-effectiveness may be relatively high at present, its sustainability in the future is an issue.

Keywords: Working Paper, Health care, Slovak Republic

Suggested Citation

Verhoeven, Marijn and Gunnarsson, Victoria and Lugaresi, Sergio, The Health Sector in the Slovak Republic: Efficiency and Reform (September 2007). IMF Working Paper No. 07/226, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1033209

Marijn Verhoeven (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fiscal Affairs Department ( email )

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Victoria Gunnarsson

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fiscal Affairs Department ( email )

700 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States

Sergio Lugaresi

Capitalia ( email )

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Roma
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