Hvar Health Centre Project Sees Potential in Island Health Tourism

Lauren Simmonds

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As Morski writes, a working meeting on the improvement of primary healthcare services and the development of health tourism on the island of Hvar was held on Friday, June the 25th, at the Hvar Theatre.

At the meeting, designer Baton Arifi presented the Preliminary design for the construction of the Hvar Health Centre, which received a positive opinion from the Ministry of Health back in May this year, and defined common interests in improving primary healthcare and health tourism development on Hvar.

The Hvar Health Centre’s construction is planned on a part of the land owned by the Republic of Croatia, with a total area covering ​​2.3 hectares, on which the Hvar Health Centre and its accompanying facilities should be located, as well as a spa hotel with a polyclinic and a rehabilitation centre. This would ensure the primary healthcare of the inhabitants of the Hvar Town and the specialist consular healthcare of the inhabitants of the entire island. These facilities are an added value to the development of health tourism and the provision of comprehensive healthcare for all residents and tourists on the island of Hvar.

Minister of Health Vili Beros emphasised the importance of the recently held talks and planning for the improvement of health tourism and noted that the Government of the Republic of Croatia, together with Split-Dalmatia County, recognises the need to improve the quality of healthcare services on offer. He reiterated his support for the project of building the Hvar Health Centre, thanking Minister Nikolina Brnjac for accepting the cooperation and wishing all those involved successful work.

The Minister of Tourism and Sport, Nikolina Brnjac, presented plans for the development of sustainable tourism with an emphasis placed primarily on health tourism, the benefits of which will be particularly prominent in the post-pandemic period. She emphasised the importance of planning for the sustainable development of the destination and expressed satisfaction that the project preparation was achieved in synergy between the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Tourism and the City, emphasising that Hvar is an ideal destination for such a project.

The fact that Hvar is a perfect place for investments in the development of health tourism was pointed out by the prefect Blasenko Boban, adding that in addition to health tourism, one should definitely invest in the potential for the development of sports tourism, for which Hvar has historical and climatological predispositions. Referring to the difficulties that the county and the Health Centre have in maintaining the required level of healthcare required due to a lack of professional staff, especially on the islands, the prefect expressed satisfaction with the development of the Hvar Health Centre project and announced the support of the County in all further implementation.

Dr. Dino Caric gave a brief overview of the activities of the Government Commission for the implementation of the Hvar Health Centre project, and Dr. Armin Ernst briefly presented the work and goals of Steward Healthcare International in Europe, as future partners in the Hvar Health Centre project.

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