Health-right or just a “letter on paper”?

At the beginning of the 20th century, the average life expectancy at birth of a newborn was just under 50 years, today a newborn can expect an average of 80 years. This big step forward has little or nothing to do with genes, but it is linked to advances in public health and healthy living. In the first 75 years of life, genes have a relatively small impact on longevity, as they represent only 20% to 25% to reach that age.

It is important not to smoke, limit alcohol, eat healthy, exercise daily, make sure you get vitamin D and get enough calcium, maintain proper weight and body shape, challenge your mind, provide a social network, prevent vision, hearing and hygiene oral cavity and we are in contact with a doctor to help us stay healthy in case of problems.

By the time you reach the mid-1980s, however, genes are becoming increasingly important. And when you reach your 90s, or more, that was largely determined on the day your father’s semen fertilized your mother’s egg. This was shown by a New England Centenarian study published in a Harvard University medical publication just over five years ago.

So a lot depends on us, because we have this power – to change many things that affect our health and the length of our lives. I myself belong to the category of people who are “famous” for their willingness to even challenge established assumptions about life. Instead of conceiving of the second half of life as a period of progressive decay of body and mind, we see aging as an opportunity for even more wisdom, love, creativity, meaning, joy, and as an opportunity to increase mental and physical abilities.

Yes, that’s how we are. Therefore, the doctor’s response to any problem with the words: “Yes, this is EMŠO”, without any attempt to eliminate it, will never convince me. And I have heard many such and similar stories. However, I am glad that during my preventive examinations, a doctor now asks if he sees my EMŠO written correctly. So nothing is impossible. And yes, health is in our hands. In our hands is the care of a “healthy” head, a healthy heart, a healthy body and a healthy environment.

When all this fails or when we need help, doctors actually come and help. Many in the true sense of the word, some unfortunately not. If you have received the “Call to Stop the Decommissioning of the Public Health System“, the picture is even clearer.

It is a response of a group of doctors with disagreement with the initiative to obtain immunity, as explained in a letter sent by the president of the SZD, prof. dr. Radko Komadina, Ph.D. honey, forwarded to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. The decision sent by letter to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia reads:

“We call on the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, following the example from abroad, to grant health care providers temporary immunity for criminal and civil lawsuits that could follow incomplete care during a medical emergency.”

The group of doctors who oppose the initiative is aware that their work is also associated with the risk that they may make mistakes in their assessment and treatment, that they may overlook something, or that complications and / or therapeutic interventions may lead to complications. does not reflect the position of most Slovenian doctors. This call and the request for immunity implicitly acknowledge that great harm is being done to patients and that legal absolution for the consequences is sought.

They are convinced that due to the reasons that have been present in the Slovenian healthcare system for thirty years, they cannot and must not lower the standards of patient safety in treatment and remind that the basic axiom of medicine is PRIMUM NIL NOCERE. Even in wartime. The basis of a doctor’s work at all times is the observance of ethics. Without adherence to ethical principles, there is no safety in the health care system, neither for the patient nor for the physician.

The right to health is our fundamental constitutional right. The state must take care of every citizen. The constitution does not state whether health care is private or public. Unfortunately, there are many stories of people who did not receive adequate medical care in the national health care system. On the other hand, in private health care and in the offices of the same doctors who are part of the public health system, patients are treated excellently and very quickly.

It is no secret that there are a lot of anomalies in public health for a long time, among other things, a “rotten” bureaucracy that alienates people from public health, a lot of money is spent on various measures run by unqualified people without proper expertise, there are many ”Who are unable or unwilling to follow medical progress. Sometimes you marvel at inhumanly “suggested” statements that don’t come to anyone, let alone doctors.

The patient must be treated holistically, only in this way can he receive that professional and humane help. It is necessary to address the needs of the people, not to start from what the system offers. Whether people are satisfied with public or private health care does not matter. However, competition in the market is always welcome, as it would also automatically encourage greater efficiency, quality and possibly even lower prices of health services in healthcare.

The fact is that it is necessary to provide primary health care, which in this period is “cracking at the seams”, to ask what the human resources are. Do they need to be supplemented? You need to be flexible. Without adequate primary health care, it is impossible to build on.

Many people in the public health system, as it is, also do not want to work, because it also has a huge amount of disinterested staff… .Unfortunately, this is a reality that casts a bad light on the functioning of the system, professionals, dedicated and dedicated staff. And many of them also leave because of such circumstances.

In short, the health care system should become more flexible. So that everyone can get to the doctor when they need it. That it is high time for non-pharmacological support and its inclusion in the system is another story.

Otherwise, none of what is written is new. Some don’t understand, some who understand don’t want to hear. Fortunately, there are also rare, upright individuals in Slovenia who form an opinion and insist on it. Every step for the benefit of Slovenian healthcare is welcome and necessary. When they would only once fall on fertile ground, as the health image of the people is reflected in the health of the whole society.

In order for the moves of those responsible to be smart and as fast as possible, without “bureaucratic obstacles and filling pockets” … You know: right-obligation, need-satisfaction. Good luck and stay healthy.


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