Health care

Slovenia

Country Report: Health care Last updated: 25/05/22

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Asylum seekers have the right to urgent medical care which includes emergency medical assistance and emergency rescue services based on the decision of the doctor, the right to emergency dental assistance, emergency treatment based on the decision of the treating physician and health care for women.[1] Asylum-seeking children and students up to the age of 26 are entitled to health care to the same extent as other children in Slovenia who are insured as family members,[2] which means they enjoy full medical coverage.

Vulnerable persons with special needs are also entitled to additional health services, including psychotherapeutic assistance, following approval from a special committee comprising of a representative of the UOIM, a nurse or medical technician employed in the Asylum Home, a representative of NGOs working in the field of asylum and a representative of the Ministry of Health (see Special Reception Needs).[3] Other asylum seekers can also be granted such additional health services by the committee in exceptional cases.[4]

The Asylum Home employs a doctor and a nurse, who are present in the facility on a daily basis. A psychiatrist visits the Asylum Home on a weekly basis. Asylum seekers accommodated in branch facilities can also make an appointment and visit the psychiatrist in the Asylum Home.

Applicants access health care through the regular Slovenian health care system (clinics, hospitals) under the conditions described above. Applicants who need assistance with accessing health care can receive help by the social workers. Unaccompanied children are escorted to the doctor by their legal guardians. UOIM provides interpretation in regard to access to health care both in reception centres and in other medical facilities.

Asylum seekers obtain mandatory health insurance after they have been granted international protection (see Content of Protection: Health Care).[5]

In 2021 the Asylum Home provided free COVID-19 testing to all asylum seekers. Before lodging the application or appearing in another procedural act, asylum seekers had to be tested and show a negative result when coming to the Migration Directorate. Individuals were also tested at police stations when they were apprehended for irregular border crossings, and upon arrival in the Asylum Home or its branch. Despite being tested, new arrivals were subjected to a mandatory quarantine period before lodging the application.

 

 

 

[1] Article 86(1) IPA.

[2] Article 86(3) IPA.

[3] This is the same body which decides on requests to reside outside the Asylum Home, extended by an additional member – representative of the Ministry of Health (see Forms and Levels of Material Reception Conditions).

[4] Article 86(2) IPA.

[5] Article 98(2) IPA.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the first report
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation