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Minister of Health

Samo Fakin

born 31 July 1957

doctor of medicine


After graduating from the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine in 1983, he began his professional career in 1985 as a doctor at Trbovlje Medical Centre, eventually serving as director of the centre from 1992 until 1994. From 1994 to 1996 he served as adviser to the director of healthcare economics and supervision at the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia before being appointed director of Celje General Hospital, the third-largest hospital in Slovenia, where he remained until 2007. He then continued his career as a healthcare management consultant. From 2004 to 2007 he used his experience to help improve the running of Jesenice General Hospital and participated in strategic planning and development at the Kranj Gynaecological and Obstetrics Hospital. 


As the managing director of the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia from 2007 to 2016, he was involved in the introduction of an individual healthcare account for every insured individual, including access to financial details. For two years he served as chairman of the management board of wellness company Thermana d.d., leading the company through a period of financial consolidation. He has also served as a senior adviser at the Government Office for Development and has been a member of the evaluation panel for the Slovenian Business Excellence Prize at the Metrology Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, a member of the personal group of advisers working with the minister of health, and a member of the boards of Trbovlje General Hospital and the National Institute of Public Health and its regional units. 


As a Slovenian army doctor, he was decorated in the war for Slovenia.

Photo: STA

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Ministry of Health

Štefanova ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana

T: +386 1 478 60 01