Health care for beneficiaries

Croatia

Country Report: Health care for beneficiaries Last updated: 27/05/21

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According to the LITP, asylees and foreigners under subsidiary protection shall exercise the right to health care pursuant to the regulations governing health insurance and health care of foreigners in the Republic of Croatia.[1] The costs of health care shall be paid from the State Budget under the item of the Ministry competent for health care.

The Law on Mandatory Health Insurance and Health Care for Foreigners in the Republic of Croatia prescribes that asylees and foreigners under subsidiary protection are not health insured persons, but they have a right to health care,[2] in the same scope as health insured persons under mandatory health insurance.[3]

Amendments to the Law on Mandatory Health Insurance and Health Care for Foreigners in the Republic of Croatia, which entered into force in February 2018, provide that the right to health care is provided on the basis of a valid document issued by the Ministry of Interior.[4] The competent police administration or police station is obliged to notify the ministry competent for health that the asylum, subsidiary protection or temporary stay was granted to foreigner, at the latest within 8 days from the date when the decision on granted asylum, subsidiary protection or temporary residence became final.[5]

Although the costs of medical treatment for asylees and foreigners under subsidiary protection should be directly borne by the Ministry of Health, the doctors in health centres are frequently insufficiently informed about this, so many problems arise in practice. Problems in the health system were reported by Are You Syrious. The Croatian Red Cross (CRC) also reported problems related to health care and provision of services in healthcare facilities. Often, CRC employees are helping beneficiaries of international protection to find a family doctor in the area where they are located. However, according to CRC, doctors are referring beneficiaries to other doctors arguing that they reached their maximum quota of patients.[6]

 


[1] Article 69(1)-(2) LITP.

[2] Article 17 Law on Mandatory Health Insurance and Health Care for Foreigners in the Republic of Croatia.

[3]  Article 21(1) Law on Mandatory Health Insurance and Health Care for Foreigners in the Republic of Croatia.

[4]  Article 21(2) Law on Mandatory Health Insurance and Health Care for Foreigners in the Republic of Croatia.

[5] Article 21(3) Law on Mandatory Health Insurance and Health Care for Foreigners in the Republic of Croatia.

[6] Information provided by the Croatian Red Cross, 20 December 2019.

 

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation