Croatia is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to the southeast, and shares a maritime border with Italy to the west and southwest. Croatia has been a member of the European union since 2013 and is classified by the World Bank as a high-income economy that ranks very high on the Human Development Index. Croatia is a democratic republic with legislative power represented by a Parliament. The official language is Croatian, however, Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and Serbian are recognized as co-official languages and accordingly protected in their residential municipalities.
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Healthcare spending in Croatia is below EU average, at 6.8% of GDP (vs. EU average 9.8%).
The Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO) provides compulsory health insurance to all citizens. All newly hired employees must be registered with the HZZO by the employer. Dependent family members are covered by the employed family members. Self-employed people must contribute a fixed proportion of their after-tax income. The state fund covers fully most medical services (treatments, prescription drugs, hospitalization, etc.).
In 2020 the pharmaceutical market in Croatia was worth 1.13 million EUR (+8.2% vs. 2019).
The Croatian drug reimbursement system is based on reference pricing which requires the average price from a reference basket consisting of Slovenia, Italy, and the Czech Republic. In the case that one of those prices are not available Spain and France are also added to the basket.
Croatia is home to internationally well-established generic drug companies, Jadran Galenski (Rijeka), Belupo (Koprivnica) and Pliva (Zagreb) which was acquired by Barr in 2007 and subsequently by Teva. Croatian citizens enjoy access to mst of innovative medicines and orphan drugs.
The healthcare budget is under pressure due to the ageing population, increased use of medicines and introduction of new medicines.
There is an ongoing shortage of healthcare professionals in the country, especially on the level of general practitioners and nurses.
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