As many as 6,426 women were left without a personal gynecologist in January. According to Mojca Grebenc, head of the working group for the preparation of a strategy in the field of gynecology and obstetrics at the Medical Chamber of Slovenia, this number is even higher.
At the primary level, 131 gynecological programs operate in Slovenia. The vast majority of outpatient clinics do not accept new patients, but at the same time, according to data, we currently have 215,000 unidentified women.
“Currently, we would need at least 70 new gynecologists, 86 of them are in the process of specialization, but they will complete their education within five to eight years,” says Grebenc, adding that “in the last four years, 56 young gynecology specialists completed their specialization in gynecology, and out of these 56 young gynecologists, only nine got a job at the primary level.”
Which means that there is no guarantee that the projected 86 new specialists will actually work in clinics in the end. The consequences of such conditions can be fatal for women’s health.
“Those with money will naturally look for anyone. The problem is the poor. Everything can happen there, including an increase in the number of carcinomas, and the fact that some woman will die again during pregnancy and childbirth,” emphasized the gynecologist Mateja Kožuh Novak.
But retirements must also be taken into account. In the next three years, 73 gynecologists will retire. Last year alone, more than half of them reached the conditions for retirement.