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Croatia healthcare debt totals 1.19 billion euros in Q1, FM minister says

Christian Fernsby |
Croatia’s Finance Minister Zdravko Marić has said the healthcare system’s debt in the first quarter of the year reached HRK 9 billion (EUR 1.19 bln) and announced changes and reforms necessary to make the system financially tenable.

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“It’s still not HRK 10 bln but the debts are rising. Given the coronavirus, it’s normal that we had additional needs to finance healthcare,” Marić told reporters on June 17.

“The system turned out to be very good in terms of the functioning of doctors, nurses and other staff, but at the same time the financial circumstances are such that it is necessary to make certain changes, reforms so that the system becomes financially tenable,” he added.

In the first four months of this year, the debt of the health system amounted to HRK 700 million, which is as much as HRK 200 million more than in the same period last year.

Eleven new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus coronavirus have been detected in Croatia in the last 24 hours, the government said on Thursday.

Most of the new cases are imports, but there are also cases of local transmission, Tomislav Dulibic, state secretary at the Ministry of Health, said at the government session, adding that all the cases had been promptly processed, their close contacts identified and that the situation was under control.

"It is important that our citizens do not travel abroad, especially not to countries in our neighbourhood, unless necessary, and that on returning they behave responsibly. Such behaviour is a precondition for the favourable epidemiological situation in Croatia to be kept under control, which in turn is a precondition for the normal functioning of the economy," Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said.

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