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Foreign physicians with EU citizenship

The Medical Practitioners Act regulated “the occasional provision of medical services”, Article 12b.

"The provisions of Article 10 of this Act notwithstanding, a specialist physician who is a national of a European Union or a European Economic Area Member State, or the Swiss Confederation (hereinafter referred to as the country of domicile) who performs medical services and their profession in accordance with the regulations of the country of residence (hereinafter referred to as the service provider), may perform medical services on a temporary or irregular basis in the Republic of Slovenia in accordance with the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council 2005/36/EC of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications (OJ L No. 255 of 30 September 2005, p. 22) as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1430/2007 of 5 December 2007 amending Annexes II and III to Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications (OJ L No. 320 of 12 June 2007, p. 3) ( hereinafter referred to as Directive 2005/36/EC).

The irregular or occasional nature of the provision of medical services from the preceding paragraph shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the duration, frequency, regularity and constancy of the provision of medical services.

Before engaging in occasional or irregular health care work for the first time, the service provider must submit an application to that effect to the ministry overseeing health care. The application, which may be submitted by the service provider in written or electronic form, must include:

  • Proof of citizenship;
  • Proof that the service provider is qualified to pursue his profession and provide health care in accordance with the law of the country of residence, and that the service provider has not been barred from providing such health care services, either temporarily or otherwise at the moment of issuing the document;
  • Proof of professional qualifications;
  • Details of any insurance coverage or other types of personal or collective professional liability insurance.

Having received a complete application, the Ministry of health then informs the Chamber, which enters the service provider into the physician registry on a temporary basis. The application must be renewed after the first instance of occasional provision of health care services in Slovenia within a calendar year if the service provider had already performed such services in Slovenia.

The service provider assumes ethical, professional, material and criminal liability pursuant to the physician-related legislation in force in the Republic of Slovenia. If the service provider with providing health care services on a temporary or irregular basis, the Chamber will remove them from the registry, unless an application for a renewal of the application as defined at paragraph 6 of this Article has been lodged with Ministry of health.