The organisation responsible for the self-assessment process is:
• Department of Social and Behavioural Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, PJ Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia.
Kosice is one of the eight administrative regions of Slovakia. With a population of almost 800,000 citizens, the healthcare system is based on statutory health insurance. A basic benefit package; universal population coverage; a competitive insurance model with selective contracting; and flexible pricing are core elements of this system. About 80% of healthcare spending in the Slovak Republic (SR) is publicly funded. Since 2014, the Slovak healthcare system is in a process of adopting new strategic planning framework which aims to ensure integrated outpatient care. Currently, there is a fragmentation of outpatient healthcare and excess demand for inpatient healthcare. The main goal of integrated care in the region is to: A) improve efficiency by strengthening primary care, and B) reduce reliance on the specialised care and hospital sector.
Maturity Assessment for Integrated Care
The maturity assessment process was fully conducted in Slovakian. The self-assessment process comprised two separate stages:
1. Individual self-assessment survey, completed by each appointed stakeholder
2. Online (because of COVID-19 restrictions) consensus building meeting
Due to the restrictions related to safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Slovakia the consensus meeting was organized online using the GoToMeeting Platform.
Strengths identified through the Maturity Assessment process
Weaknesses identified through the Maturity Assessment process
The maturity level was found to have the lowest value (score 0) in the four following dimensions:
Other key messages which have been identified as a result of participation in the maturity assessment process included:
The spider diagram illustrates the outcomes of the final consensus on the maturity for integrated care in the Kosice region of Slovakia.
The final report which will provide much more detailed information about the region and the process is available to download in the Maturity Assessment Reports section in Resources.