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NEWS ROUNDUP 11 Dec 2017

More medical standards, less improvised treatments 

Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia

In Slovakia, if you consult 5 different doctors about the same disease, you will likely receive 5 diverse treatments. Luckily, this absurd situation is about to end.

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In Slovakia, different MDs mean different treatments. Until recently, no standards have been adapted to successfully treat patients. If you consulted a GP about angina, one doctor could give you antibiotics immediately, while another one would run some tests first and then decide. This situation is about to change.

The Minister of Health, Tomáš Druckers, together with a team of 1200 experts and researchers prepared the standards to follow by all doctors. If they refuse to do so, they will have to provide solid justification for their misconduct. If they do follow the standards, they can be sure that the treatment will be refunded by the patient's health insurance.

Slovak people often try to secure the best MD in town because they know that doctors do not need to follow the same standards when treating patients. Luckily, the new legislation will be based on the latest findings and hence will help people who are not able to choose or pay for the most qualified doctors.

Details from the story:

  • The new standards will enter into force in January 2018.
  • The first group of documents includes advices from 25 different medicine fields. The Minister of Health and his team is about to prepare the standards for more than 100 medicine fields in the next two years. The most expensive and common procedures are prioritized.
  • The document describes, for example, when a patient is supposed to be diagnosed with the computed tomography (CT) or when a doctor should check a patient's blood.
  • About 1200 people were working on the standards. These documents describe the whole process from prevention to the end of the treatment.
  • Standards will enable more precise planning when it comes to the state budget.

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