Operational Programme 'Health'

Programme under the Convergence objective, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Slovakia

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On 8 November 2007, the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for Slovakia for the period 2007-13, entitled the "Operational Programme Health". This Programme involves Community support for all the Slovak regions (except the Bratislava region) within the framework of the Convergence objective. The total public budget of the Programme is around €294 million. Community funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €250 million, which represents approximately 2.2% of the total EU money invested in Slovakia under Cohesion Policy 2007-2013.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The Operational Programme Health (OPH) represents the programming document of the Slovak Republic aimed to modernise the healthcare infrastructure primarily focused on the treatment and prevention of the "Group 5" diseases; for reasons of high morbidity and mortality related to these diseases in Slovakia.

The "Group 5" diseases include:

  • circulatory system diseases;
  • carcinomas;
  • external causes of diseases and deaths;
  • respiratory system diseases; and
  • digestive system diseases.

The nature of the OPH interventions within the healthcare infrastructure also contributes to improving the energy performance of buildings and barrier-free buildings used by healthcare facilities.

The global objective of the Programme is the improvement of conditions influencing the health state of the population through increasing the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of healthcare and health support within healthcare infrastructure focusing on the general hospitals, specialized hospitals, polyclinics and healthcare centres. In addition, the Programme will support two national projects: 1) purchasing and delivery of mobile mammography units, and 2) completion of infrastructure of the National Transfusion Service of Slovakia.

2. Expected impact of the investment

The interventions will ensure building or reconstruction and modernisation of about 30 general and specialised hospitals which aim primarily to treat "Group 5" diseases. The Programme will also ensure the reconstruction and modernisation of about 28 polyclinics and healthcare centres which aim primarily to prevent "Group 5" diseases. It will also support the following national projects:

  • Purchasing and delivery of mobile mammography units in order to improve the active prevention to decrease the mortality rate of breast cancer;
  • Completion of infrastructure of the National Transfusion Service of Slovakia, which aims to secure national self-sufficiency of the required volume of the blood products produced under first-tier quality and safety measures, which are likewise under maximum efficiency conditions.

The principal objectives of the Operational Programme Health are:

  • Supporting the construction, reconstruction and modernization of the health infrastructure of the general hospitals and specialized hospitals primarily focused on the treatment of "Group 5" diseases;
  • Supporting the reconstruction and modernization of the health infrastructure of outpatient healthcare, which is focused primarily on the prevention and health support in "Group 5" diseases while ensuring adequate equipment.

3. Priorities

The programme is structured according to the following priorities:

Priority 1: Hospital Healthcare System Modernization [approximately 77.2% of total funding]

Interventions within this priority axis are focused on the construction, reconstruction and modernization of general and specialized hospitals, which are concentrated primarily on the treatment of "Group 5" diseases (including the supply of high medical technology, IT and other necessary equipment).

Priority 2: Health Promotion and Health Risks Prevention [approximately 19.6% of total funding]

The second priority is focused on the reconstruction and modernization of polyclinics and healthcare centres primarily focused on the prevention of "Group 5" diseases (including the supply of high medical technology, IT and other necessary equipment). Under this priority axis, the programme also aims to support two national projects: 1) purchasing and delivery of mobile mammography units, and 2) completion of infrastructure of the National Transfusion Service of Slovakia.

Priority 3: Technical assistance [approximately 3.1% of total funding]

Technical assistance will ensure the effective managing and implementation of the Programme. Financial support covers preparatory, management, monitoring, evaluation, information and control activities, together with activities to reinforce the administrative capacity for implementing the Programme.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Health'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

CCI no

2007SK161PO005

Number of decision

C/2007/5503

Final approval date

08/11/2007

Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Hospital Healthcare System Modernization 193 075 000 34 072 059 227 147 059
Health Promotion and Health Risks Prevention 49 100 000 8 664 706 57 764 706
Technical assistance 7 825 000 1 380 882 9 205 882
Total 250 000 000 44 117 647 294 117 647