Slovenia's healthcare system is relatively developed and effective, particularly compared with other markets in Central and Eastern Europe. The country's health system faces short-term challenges as a result of austerity budgets which will limit public spending on healthcare and are designed to reduce the number of services covered under compulsory health insurance. Long-term threats concern the availability of public funds in a tightening economic and fiscal environment and projected rises in age-related health expenditure.
BMI forecasts for Slovenia's pharmaceutical and healthcare expenditure indicate a rebound from a decline trend that was seen over the past three years:
Pharmaceuticals: €704mn in 2014 to €714mn in 2015
Healthcare: €3.0bn in 2014 to €3.1bn in 2015