Extensive briefing on public health in Croatia
Client: European Parliament
The briefing was requested by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament, following an agreement by the Coordinators of the political groups represented in ENVI. The briefing provided Members of the European Parliament with an overview of the situation in the field of public health in Croatia in light of the accession process.
The briefing looked at the following topics:
1. a general presentation of the health situation in Croatia and the health status of the population (including main types of diseases, life expectancy, morbidity, etc.);
2. an indication of the main determinants of health (including education, employment, income and addictions);
3. an overview of the public health system in the country and its main trends, including some key indicators, for example health services coverage and population access, health spending and financing, health professions, etc;
4. a comparison in selected areas between the situation in Croatia and that of the EU;
5. status of preparation of Croatia (based on the acquis communautaire) in the area of public health;
6. challenges for the health sector posed by the accession of Croatia to the EU
7. the main likely scenarios for the health sector in Croatia in the coming years, taking into account the present economic crisis.
The briefing summarised the main findings and the policy options relevant for the EU in its negotiations with Croatia, in the health sector. The delegation travelled to Croatia in October 2012.