The cost only includes testing, treatment, sick leave and vaccination, but not other economic costs, the cost of equipment or the cost of conversion of hospitals and other facilities used for the treatment of COVID patients.
As for the costs covered by the HZZO, treatment cost around HRK 1.9 billion (€253.3m), testing HRK 1.7 billion (€226.6m), sick leave HRK 290 million (€38.6m) and vaccination HRK 1 billion (€133.3m).
The newspaper said that the amount spent by the HZZO would be enough to cover the debts of the health care system.
In addition to the cost of health care, by far the most expensive measure was the government’s job retention scheme, which cost HRK 18 billion (€2.4bn).
In total, at least HRK 23 billion (€3.06bn) has been spent on combating the coronavirus epidemic since the first case was confirmed in Croatia on 25 February 2020, according to Jutarnji List.
(€1 = HRK 7.5)
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