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Croatia healthcare debt totals HRK 9 bln in Q1, minister says

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, Croatian news agency HINA reports. 

Croatia’s Finance Minister Zdravko Marić, at an Economic and Financial affairs meeting council (ECOFIN) at the European Council in Brussels, February 12, 2019. Photo by Alexandros Michailidis/Shutterstock.com

“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.