Croatian Health Officials: “There Won’t Be Drug Shortages”

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Plazonić made the statement in response to a statement by MP Davor Nađi of the Fokus party, who, during a debate on changes to the Health Insurance Act, warned about the debts to drug wholesalers and uncertain supply.

Of all EU countries Croatia has the largest number of particularly expensive drugs for the treatment of malignant diseases whose cost is covered by mandatory health insurance, Plazonić said.

Health protection for digital nomads?

As for amendments to the Health Protection Act, which will ensure the right to health protection for digital nomads with temporary residence in Croatia, some opposition parties wondered if this would contribute to an increase in the health system’s debts given that digital nomads would have access to cheap medical services under unclear criteria.

“Thousands of citizens have to wait for specialist examinations and we are now providing cheap insurance and medical services to foreigners who say that they are digital nomads,” said Hrvoje Zekanović of the Croatian Sovereignists.

Marija Selak Raspudić of the Bridge party said that Croatia was copying Estonia, one of the pioneers of citizens’ electronic status, without having a clear plan on how to regulate the status of digital nomads.

“How comprehensive is that approach, how much will digital nomads profit from it and how much will Croatia’s economy profit?” she asked.



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