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Health For All

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO). On 7 April, World Health Day, the slogan "Health for all: 75 years of improving public health" takes centre stage. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of improving health for all and reducing inequalities in access to health services. The right to health is a fundamental human right, the WHO emphasises.

Our health has a significant impact on our overall life satisfaction | Author Depositphotos

The Minister of Health, Danijel Bešič Loredan, has stressed that "the many challenges, as well as people’s different expectations due to rapid technological developments, require quick and courageous, but also well thought-through, political decisions on changes in healthcare. Even well thought-out changes can only be put into practice if they are embraced by all of us: those of us who work in healthcare and those of us who need healthcare at almost every stage of our lives.  But such a broad consensus requires tolerant dialogue." The Minister calls for World Health Day to be an incentive to engage constructively in the debate about the future of our health system. "Only together can we find solutions that will ensure its sustainability and allow it to evolve, but also, and above all, that are good for people."

According to the Statistical Office of Slovenia, an average of seven out of ten inhabitants of Slovenia (aged 16 years and over) rated their general health as very good or good in 2022. Those who rated their health status as very good also gave the highest average score to their overall life satisfaction. According to the results of an international survey in which Mediana also participated, Slovenia is below the global and European average in the self-assessment of its citizens’ health. Less than two-thirds of the population rate their health positively. The population in Slovenia also rate their physical fitness, weight and mood lower than last year.

The WHO stresses that everyone should have access to the health services they need. Yet almost a third of the world’s population has no access to basic health services. The COVID-19 epidemic has slowed all countries’ progress towards achieving the goal of health for all, and almost all countries face a range of challenges in providing healthcare to their populations.