The Ministry of Health has decided to cut the number of available beds in hospitals throughout Slovakia almost in half, cutting out any of the bed-nights that are not crucial or essential.
The move will see the number of beds in the country drop from 34,000 at present to just 19,000 up till 2030 , with the consequence that some hospitals might even be forced to close. home care services and a bigger burden on general practitioners is likely to result from the move.
The Ministry’s move can hardly be criticised considering that the country has more beds per capita than the mean figure for the OECD countries.
In the meantime, Bratislava is planning constructing an entirely new 700-bed hospital worth EUR 250 million near Patronka, but a private investor will finance the construction in a long-term payback deal, with the Ministry of Health denying that it is privatisation, while the Health Policy Institute refers to the move as a kind of privatisation.