Getting Some Insight into the Home Care Nursing Service in Croatia

Diana Kostanjšek, Vlatka Topolovec Nižetić, Željko Razum, Luka Kovačić

Abstract


Croatia, as the other Western societies are facing with the increasing share of the population over 65 years and consequently with more care-dependant people. Community living and care, including home care, is stimulating not just because of efficiency of care but also because of the people`s preferences that home is a place of emotional and physical associations, memories and comfort. The aim of the study was to see if there is lack or surplus of Home care nursing services within the health care system. Data from the Croatian Health Insurance Fond Data base were analysed. The results of this research indicated that the number of inhabitants per one home nurse and physiotherapist contracted by the Croatian Health Insurance Fond was below the defined “Standard”. The average number of inhabitants per one home care nurse contracted by the CHIF for 2013 was 3373.9 compared to 3500 defined by the “Standard”. There was found also the huge regional differences in their distributions. The average number of contracted home physiotherapists for the same year was 9805.2 in comparison to the “Standard”, which was setup at the level of 15000 inhabitants per one physiotherapist. 


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Home care, Home care nursing service, Primary health care, Croatia

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