Croatian Health System Among 5 Worst in EU

Lauren Simmonds

Things could be a lot better for Croatia when it comes to the healthcare system.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 18th of February, 2018, the small European nation of Luxembourg was confirmed to have the world’s best health care system once again this year, that result came in coupled with an excellent preventative healthcare system, an easily ccessible health care service and an average life expectancy of 82 years.

On the rankings of a total of 149 countries around the world, whose level of well-being has been measured by the London Legatum Institute for more than a decade, Croatia is ranked 43rd in this sector, and in the health sector in a rather low 55th place, among the worst five countries of the European Union.

Only Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Romania are deemed to have worse national healthcare systems than Croatia, according to a report from Novi List.

Since the welfare index was introduced in 2006, Croatia, with occasional oscillations, managed to advance by a modest three places, but with that being said, the vast majority of European countries are still ahead of it.

It is interesting to note that back in 2013, for example, Croatia was ranked at 53rd place, which is ten places lower than it is today, but healthwise, it was ranked 36th, an almost 20 place difference than it is today.

The welfare index is determined on the basis of 104 different variables, from the business environment, the employment rate, to the personal feeling of freedom, security, and education and health care.

The overall healthcare system is measured by basic physical and mental health care, infrastructure and the the readiness of the availability of preventive care measures.


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