Health Care Expenditures in Croatia, 2000-2013: Is Primary Health Care in the Right Position?

Zvjezdana Brodarić, Mladenka Vrcić Keglević


The research was undertaken to determine the trends in the amount and the structure of the health care expenditures in Croatia from 2000 to 2013. It is based on routinely collected and publicly available data, The Annual Reports of the Croatian Health Insurance Fund and OECD data. The income of Croatian Health Insurance Fund (CHIF) increased by 66.9%, while total expenditures increased by 62.1%. The fastest growth of expenditure is noticed in expenditures on health care. The hospital and specialist-consultant services have the highest expenditures. Furthermore, the fastest growth is that of other expenses, from 7% of total health care expenditures in 2000, to 26,7% in 2013; which can partly be interpreted as part hospital care expenses. In the contrast, total expenditures for primary health care decreased, from 22% in 2002, to 13.1% in 2013. The publicly available data is not sufficient enough to drown up any specific conclusions about the underlying reasons for such distribution of the costs.


Health insurance, health care expenditures, Croatia, primary health care

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