Biometric ID cards to provide access to health services, medicines and medical devices
From April 2023, citizens aged 12 and over will only need to present their new biometric ID card when visiting doctors, pharmacies, opticians and other healthcare providers and suppliers of medicines and medical devices. This means that citizens are now able to use just one document, as the photo on the identity card also removes the need for additional verification of the insured person’s identity.
From April, they will have the option to choose whether to use the biometric ID card exclusively with healthcare providers or to use both documents (health insurance card and ID card) at the same time. The procedure for claiming health services using either document is exactly the same.
The Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia (ZZZS) is introducing the use of biometric ID cards gradually, as healthcare providers and suppliers of medical devices adapt their IT systems. Insured persons are advised to keep hold of their current health insurance card. In the coming weeks, healthcare providers and suppliers of medical devices will be adapting their IT systems to use ID cards for claiming health services.
Health insurance card
The ZZZS continues to issue health insurance cards, since it is not compulsory to own an identity card. Not all people covered by compulsory health insurance (e.g. foreigners) get an identity card. Similarly, ID cards issued to children under 12 years of age are not electronic.
The quality and reliability of the solution enabling the use of the new ID card in the health insurance system has been developed by the ZZZS in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Public Administration. They issue an average of 200,000 health insurance cards every year. By consolidating registers, the number of health insurance cards issued will be reduced, procedures will be simplified and money will be saved.