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Hrvatska (HR)

Total population: 4.3 million

Region profile

Services in Croatia (Hrvatska) will first be piloted in the region of northwestern Croatia.

Croatia (Hrvatska) covers 56.594 km² and has a diverse, mostly continental and Mediterranean climate. Its Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. Having joined on 1 July 2013, Croatia is the newest, 28th member state of the European Union. It has 4.3 million inhabitants.

Croatia is a wonderful and lively country with plenty to offer visitors, for instance the traditional Croatian monuments, the renaissance fashion and beautiful metropolis cities. Tourism dominates the Croatian service sector and accounts for up to 20% of Croatian Gross Domestic Product.

The region of northwestern Croatia includes 7 out of 21 Croatian counties at the western part of the country: Međimurje, Varaždin, Krapina-Zagorje, Zagrebačka, Karlovac, Primorje-Gorani and Istria. Altogether these counties have a population of 1.6 million.


Health and Social Care in the Region

The region of northwestern Croatia is relatively more involved in EU pre-accessional projects and initiatives, particularly in cross-border health care and patient’s rights projects, mostly due to their position at the border with the neighbouring Slovenia and good professional relationships and partnerships with the adjoining region.

Every county has its general hospital, public health institute and primary health care network. The County of Međimurje with 126 500 inhabitants has around 1000 health workers out of which around 250 doctors and 650 nurses. Varaždin County with 185 000 inhabitants has around 2200 health workers out of which 500 doctors and 1500 nurses. Krapina-Zagorje County with 142 500 inhabitants has around 1600 health workers out of which 400 doctors and 1100 nurses. Zagrebačka County with 310 000 inhabitants has around 1550 health workers out of which 350 doctors and 900 nurses. For tertiary health care, Zagrebačka County is completely oriented to the adjoining capital, the city of Zagreb, which is a separated administrative unit, but with greatest concentration of sophisticated tertiary health services accessible to patients from all around the country. Primorje-Gorani County with 305 500 inhabitants has around 5100 health workers out of which 1450 doctors and 3400 nurses. This county has a clinical centre as well covering around 20% of patients from surrounding counties. Istra County with 206 000 inhabitants has around 2200 health workers out of which 300 doctors and 550 nurses.


Croatian Society of Pharmacoeconomics & Health Econonomics


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