November 23, 2023 – What is the state of Croatian health? As a pilot project of the Croatian public health system revealed, there is room for improvement. Apparently, life expectancy in Croatia is below the EU average, the leading cause of death are non-communicable diseases, Croats are overweight, they drink and smoke a lot…
As 24Sata writes, the risk factors that affect the health of Croatian citizens compared to residents of other countries are much more pronounced in the area, because a large number of people in our country still smoke, have unhealthy eating habits, drink large quantities of alcoholic beverages and have excessive obesity on the one hand, and lack of physical activity on the other hand. All of this increases the number of people suffering from cardiovascular diseases, high blood sugar, cholesterol, and other disorders that reduce the quality of life – said the director of the Croatian public health system (HZJZ), Krunoslav Capak.
“Through preventive health examinations at the national level, we will continuously obtain exact data on the health picture of our citizens, above all the group aged 40 and over, which is the most exposed to health risks and the most threatened due to the long-term absence of systematic control of their own health”, said Minister of Health Vili Beros.
The pilot project, which was carried out this year in five Croatian counties, showed, regardless of the small sample, that more than two-thirds of the examined citizens have health problems.
The results additionally confirmed the need for continuous preventive health examinations of citizens in order to detect diseases in time and start treatment. Previous experience and practice show that the earlier a certain disease is diagnosed, especially those that are life-threatening, and the timely treatment is started, the chances of successful treatment and even a complete cure increase – concluded the assistant director of HZJZ, Tomislav Benjak, who led the working group for the preparation and implementation of this pilot project.