1Ministry of Health, Slovenia.
Aim: A brief presentation of the Public Health Services as a key priority in the Slovenian Health Care System. Public health services in Slovenia are considered part of the health care system and are specified by legislative acts. The 1992 Health Services Act defines “public health” as operations that include monitoring and evaluation of the health of the population and of health care; identification, monitoring and surveillance of key public health problems, risk factors and health threats; public health preparedness and response to health threats; health protection measures; disease prevention; health promotion; informing the public on the population’s health status and public health research findings; training of professionals working in public health; and public health research and education.
Conclusion: Public health services in Slovenia have over time developed into a strong and sustainable part of the health system, with clear roles for key stakeholders. Centralized and modernized in recent years, they have contributed to new health system developments and developed into a competent partner in intersectoral cooperation.
One of the key developments in recent years has been the introduction of new preventive and public health services, including health promotion centres, model practices and screening programmes in primary health care, focusing on noncommunicable diseases and risk factors. This has improved access for all population groups across the country to prevention and public health services.
Keywords: public health services, Slovenia, health system.