Health Care, Disease Control, Crime and Safety in Croatia
The Republic of Croatia has an estimated population of around 4.5 million people. The country is currently experiencing a decline in its natural population growth, with the death rate at around twelve as compared to the birth rate which is around 10 per 1,000 people and based on 2008 estimates. The average population’s life expectancy though is high at around 75 years. The HIV/AIDS prevalence among adults is place at 0.1% and it is estimated that at least 200 persons are afflicted in which ten have died based on 2001 estimates. Because of their Mediterranean lifestyle, most Croatians are moderate drinkers. Drinking is considered more of a social event.
The country’s health care standard is quite high. Every major city which includes Cakovec, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka and Split, has hospitals and clinics as well as first aid stations pharmacies scattered across the nation. Most of these facilities have at least one personnel who can speak English. European Union residents are exempted from paying the medical service in accordance with the treat Croatia signed with the European Union. For non-EU residents it would be prudent to have a medical insurance just in case.
There are several clinical hospitals in the country’s capital, Zagreb. One of them, the Sisters of Charity Hospital was established in 1846 and is of the oldest hospitals in the entire Southeastern Europe. It has a current capacity of more than 850 hospital beds and staffed by more than 2,300 medical personnel. The medical facility in Pula offers a variety of medical treatments and has a capacity of 500 beds.