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Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia

Štefanova ulica 5

1000 Ljubljana



Minister of Health Samo Fakin


Samo Fakin graduated from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, in 1984 and completed his residency in family medicine. He is very well acquainted with the how the healthcare system works, since he performed several duties at various levels. 
He began his career as a general practitioner at the Community Health Centre in Trbovlje, where he worked for ten years. From 1992 to 1994 he also acted as the Director of this Centre. 

From 1994 to 1996 he was an advisor to the Director-General of the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia for healthcare economics, directly responsible for supervising the financing of healthcare system.
In 1996, he took over the management of the third largest hospital in Slovenia, the General Hospital in Celje, for six years. 


Following this managerial function, he was an international expert of the European Agency for Reconstructions as well as an assessor and member of the Jurors group of the PRSPO Board (The Republic of Slovenia's Business Excellence Prize). 


In 2007 he was appointed the Director General of the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia. During his tenure as director he actively worked on updating accounting models at various levels of health care system.
From 2016 on he has continued his professional career at the Slovenian spa Thermana Laško as President of its Management Board.
As a physician in the Slovenian Armed forces, he was awarded in the Slovenian Independence War. 
On 13 September 2018, Mr Samo Fakin was appointed as Minister of Health. 

He is married and has two daughters.