Satellite emergency departments to be crated country-wide
Ljubljana, 26 May - Slovenia will set up nine hospital-satellite emergency departments to complement the existing network of hospital emergency departments. This follows from a document adopted by the government on Monday.
The document, obtained by the STA, suggests the satellite emergency departments will initially be established in Kočevje in the south of the country, Postojna and Ilirska Bistrica in the south-west, Tolmin and Idrija in the west, Šmarje and Velenje in the north-east, Kranj in the north-wast and Sevnica in the east.
The Health Ministry told the STA the new departments in the so-called grey areas where emergency medical services are not as readily available would be introduced in several stages, meaning that other areas such as the Vipava Valley or Bela Krajina would get such departments in the coming years.
But in the general agreement setting out the scope of publicly-funded health services the government has secured the financing of triage at nine satellite emergency departments to be established in community health centres.
Each of the health centres will get EUR 153,300 a year for such triage. They have been allocated around EUR 115,000 for this year.
The creation of satellite EDs dates back to the term of Health Minister Milojka Kolar Celarc (2014-18). The plan at the time was to establish ten emergency departments across the country and several satellite emergency departments.
Due to the opposition by local communities and some political players, only new hospital emergency departments have been created.