December the 30th, 2023 – Croatian hospitals and healthcare facilities are set to receive 21 linear accelerators at a cost of 55 million euros.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Croatian hospitals and healthcare institutions will receive 21 linear accelerators and associated equipment for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This will be carried out based on the Croatian Government’s decision to acquire non-financial assets to the Ministry of Health in the amount of 55,411,558.75 euros.
“This is a historic acquisition of this type of device and other necessary equipment, for which as much as 85 million euros have been secured from the Mechanism for Recovery and Resilience, and which will bring us closer to the EU average in terms of the number of linear accelerators in relation to the number of inhabitants,” said Health Minister Vili Beroš at a recently held government session.
The implementation of the aforementioned project for Croatian hospitals is part of a wider plan to improve the healthcare system in the field of cancer prevention, treatment and diagnosis. The desire is to fully ensure optimal therapy for all oncology patients across the Republic of Croatia without the need to wait for treatment, using modern radiotherapy techniques with the aim of the optimal utilisation of equipment and quality control of the radiotherapy process. All of the above will result in an overall improvement of the quality of services offered, as well as better health outcomes in the treatment of oncology patients nationwide.
The Ministry of Health conducted an open public procurement procedure for the following Croatian hospitals: KBC Sestre milosrdnice, KBC Rijeka, KBC Osijek, KBC Split, KBC Zagreb and OB Zadar. A linear accelerator, also commonly referred to as a LINAC, is a sophisticated machine that aims its radiation at cancerous tumours with pinpoint accuracy, sparing nearby healthy tissue from any damage. It is primarily used to deliver several types of external beam radiation therapy to patients.