APRIL 19 2012 00:12h
The drugs usage over HZZO has returned to the same level as in year 2007 and that level is 3.5 billion HRK. The citizens started to self finance their medicine. Croatia spends around 5 billion HRK for medications per year and that means that the citizens pay around 1.5 billion HRK for their drugs. This information came from the analysis organized by the monthly magazine Banka and the Economy institute Zagreb.
Tanja Broz from the Economy institute Zagreb points out that Croatia spends around 1.4 percent of GBP on drugs and that is more than science and high education together. Drug manufacturers claim that the prices on drugs in Croatia are around 30 percent lower than the EU. They warn that only one fifth of the public health budget goes to medications, so a space for rationalization in Croatian health system needs to be find in other points of the system.
- We shouldn't talk about the price on medications. We should talk about regulations - said Matko Bolanca, the president of Pliva administration.