Crossing Borders for Medicine, Slovenia Cheaper Option?

Lauren Simmonds

It isn’t just petrol and clothing drawing people over the borders…

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 13th of August, 2018, just one pack of 28 tablets tends to cost around 33.30 kuna in Croatia, the equivalent of about 4.50 euro.

The same packs of Aspirin Protect being sold across the border in Slovenian pharmacies comes at a cost of just 1.68 euro, or only 12.40 kuna. Slovenian pharmacies also sell packs containing 100 such tablets which cost 6 euro, or just 44 kuna.

Aspirin Protect, a drug prescribed to many patients as a regular therapy for numerous problems and conditions, is a massive 286 percent cheaper in Slovenia than it is in Croatia, according to a report from the Istrian portal Glas Istre.

“After surgery and stent placement, at the recommendation of the doctor, I’ve got to take one 100mg Aspirin Protect per day. One pack of 28 tablets costs 33.30 kuna, or 4.50 euro in Croatia,” says one individual who is naturally grabbing any opportunity to save money on the drug they’re going to need to take every day for the foreseeable future.

“To conclude, me buying tablets in Slovenia pays, and multiple times, because the same medicine in their pharmacies is almost three times cheaper than it is here in Croatia”, they state.

The worst thing appears to be that most drugs, including the widely used Aspirin Protect, isn’t covered even by supplementary health insurance policies, and patients must therefore pay the full price for the drug out of their own pockets.

One Pula local who takes these tablets on a regular basis says that they are also cheaper in Serbia, where, according to the information they have, one Aspirin Protect box costs about 20 kuna.


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