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SMC profile and history


Slovak Medical Chamber is a non governmental autonomous non political professional organization acting in Slovakia. Associates doctors in Slovakia, supports their demands and protects their professional credit, participates in condition creation and in increasing of expertness standard of provided health care.
History of the Slovak Medical Chamber (SMC) goes back to the Medical Chamber of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the previous medical chambers established on the Slovak territory during the existence of the first Czechoslovak Republic (1929), Slovak Republic (1942) and to the post-war Czechoslovak Republic in 1946, and the Association of Slovak doctors founded in 1969. Its activities were terminated in 1970, and were restored in 1990.The Memorial assemblage of its members in Žilina on January 26, 1990 decided to change the name of the association to Slovak Medical Chamber.

Slovak Medical Chamber is a non governmental autonomous non political professional organization acting in Slovakia. Associates doctors in Slovakia, supports their demands and protects their professional credit, participates in condition creation and in increasing of expertness standard of provided health care.History of the Slovak Medical Chamber (SMC) goes back to the Medical Chamber of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the previous medical chambers established on the Slovak territory during the existence of the first Czechoslovak Republic (1929), Slovak Republic (1942) and to the post-war Czechoslovak Republic in 1946, and the Association of Slovak doctors founded in 1969. Its activities were terminated in 1970, and were restored in 1990.The Memorial assemblage of its members in Žilina on January 26, 1990 decided to change the name of the association to Slovak Medical Chamber.

The coordinated efforts of the medical community led to the decision of the Slovak National Council (Slovak parliament) to pass the joint law on the Slovak Medical Chamber, the Slovak Chamber of Dentists and the Slovak Chamber of Pharmacists on the December 3, 1991. The law was issued in the Statute Book of Slovak Republic as No. 13/1992.
Attempts to revise the most controversial sections of the law, to adapt it to the European Union member states´ standards - as compulsory membership, keeping of the Register of doctors, issuing of licenses etc., emerged shortly after its enactment. The result of the endeavor of the medical community, revamping and incorporation of many amendments to ensure political clearness was the version, submitted to the Parliament.

The law on the profession of medical doctor, on the Slovak Medical Chamber, on the profession of dentist and the Slovak Chamber of Dentists was adopted by the National Council of the Slovak Republic on May 1, 2002. Therefore compulsory membership of doctors in professional organization, necessary for practice of doctor’s profession in all member states of the European Union, became requisite for doctors also in Slovakia.

According to the Article 50 of  Law No. 578, adopted on October 21, 2004 on health care providers, medical staff, professional organizations in health care and on the modification and amendment of some legislative acts, membership in the Slovak Medical Chamber is voluntary again.

Contacts

Slovak Medical Chamber
Račianska 42/A
931 02 Bratislava

Tel.:    + 421 2 49 11 43 00
           + 421 2 49 11 43 08
           + 421 911 204 496
           + 421 903 200 520

e-mail: sekretariat@lekom.sk



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