Information for Patients
Croatia mandates a basic health insurance plan for all Croatian citizens, and it is required for anyone living in Croatia for more than 3 months. Every resident must have a GP to use the state health insurance policy. The GP will do a general check at the initial visit and recommend further treatment or referrals if required. Gaining access to a hospital is only available through a referral from a public GP. However, for a basic health insurance plan, a co-payment of 20% of the cost of any medical treatment is still required. Some Croatians apply for optional supplemental health insurance to cover this cost.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Eligible health care professionals must have graduated a medical degree from a medical school that is recognised by Croatian Medical Chamber and must pass B2 certificate for knowledge of Croatian language. Eligible candidates must also obtain permission to stay and work in Croatia issued by The Ministry of the interior deals before working in Croatia.
Specialities in high demand in Croatia are maxillofacial surgery, psychiatry, epidemiology, orthopaedic surgery and medical cytology.
Information for Travelers
Croatia has the potential to be one of the top medical tourism destinations in the world. It is estimated that about 10% of tourists come to Croatia for healthcare including plastic and maxillofacial surgeries. The key strengths of Croatia are high-quality health services at affordable prices and short waiting time in medical facilities.
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Rabies and Tickborne Encephalitis vaccinations are recommended for most travellers.
The official language of hospitals in Croatia is Croatian. However, the majority of doctors also speaking English.