Navigating the healthcare system as a traveler or expat in a foreign country can often be complex. The healthcare system in Slovenia, a mix of public and private services, is no exception. Instituted in the 1990s, Slovenia’s healthcare reforms were intended to foster a symbiotic relationship between private and public sectors, chiefly financed through compulsory health insurance plans.

Slovenia guarantees access to quality medical and healthcare services for all citizens and expats. However, for comprehensive global health assistance, expats residing in Slovenia are recommended to procure an international health insurance policy.

The nationalized healthcare system in Slovenia provides excellent standards of care to all its residents. Businesses and employees fund the public healthcare system through tax contributions. Citizens are required to present a medical card when seeking treatment. Although certain specialist services may incur additional fees under the public healthcare system, no extra charges apply for children’s illness or infection treatments.

The automotive industry in Slovenia, employing local and international staff, is witnessing a surge in production. The country boasts of first-rate medical services, with 24/7 operational pharmacies that ensure ready availability of medicines and prescription drugs. EU citizens with European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) can avail themselves of various medical services. All residents, including expats, are obliged to enroll for health insurance.

Digital nomads, global citizens, and expats from outside the EU must purchase private health insurance for themselves and their dependents. Additionally, non-EU residents are required to provide proof of private health insurance to obtain a visa. Often, residents, including expats, under the public healthcare system also opt for private insurance.

Emergency helplines in Slovenia include 112 for ambulance and rescue, for the fire brigade, for emergencies and 113 for police.

Outpatient care, general practitioner services, and a range of specialized medical services are offered by medical centers across Slovenia. Public hospitals and emergency clinics, accessible in all major cities and towns, provide emergency medical services. Treatments at private clinics typically incur higher costs than public hospitals. Pharmacies are conveniently located throughout the country, offering essential first-aid supplies and over-the-counter medicines.