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Zdr Varst. 2016 May 10;55(3):225-227. eCollection 2016 Sep 1.

Health care reforms.

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Health Institute Celjenje, Vojke Šmuc 12, 6000 Koper, Slovenia.
Institute for Economic Research, Kardeljeva ploščad 17, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.


in English, Slovenian

In large systems, such as health care, reforms are underway constantly. The article presents a definition of health care reform and factors that influence its success. The factors being discussed range from knowledgeable personnel, the role of involvement of international experts and all stakeholders in the country, the importance of electoral mandate and governmental support, leadership and clear and transparent communication. The goals set need to be clear, and it is helpful to have good data and analytical support in the process. Despite all debates and experiences, it is impossible to clearly define the best approach to tackle health care reform due to a different configuration of governance structure, political will and state of the economy in a country.


communication; governmental support; health care reforms; health care systems; knowledgeable personnel; leadership

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The authors declare that no conflicts of interest exist.

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