Contact Information Sheet

Contact Information Sheet
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  • Geographical Area
  • Jurisdiction
  • Organisation
    Croatian Nursing Council (Hrvatska Komora mediciniskih sestara)
  • Address

    Postal Address
    Maksimirska 111/2
    10 000 Zagreb

    Location Address
    Central office Zagreb
    Maksimirska 111/2

    10 000 Zagreb

  • Phone
    +385 1 2444 300
  • Fax
    + 385 1 2444 306
  • Email
  • Website
  • Contact Point
    Mrs. Dragica Simunec
  • Regulatory Body

    The Croatian Nursing Council (CNC) is an independent professional chamber, established in 2003 under the Health Care Act and Nursing Act.  Its purpose is to serve and protect the public, regulate the nursing profession and derive their two major policy-making modalities by rule making and adjudication. Today, with 35,000 members, it is the largest group of health professionals in Croatia.

    The Council shall perform the following public authorities:

    – maintain a register of its members,

    – issue, renew and subtract the Licence for professional nursing practice

    – conduct professional supervision of nursing practise.

    Except the public authorities, the Council shall perform following activities:

    1. introduce the Code of Ethics, follows its fulfilment and takes measures in case of its impairment,
    2. cooperate with the Ministry of Health in all areas of interest for registrants, and give professional opinion at the preparation of regulations which influence the nursing profession,
    3. establish contents of protocol for plan and pursuit of health care in accordance with principles of International Classification of Nursing Practice,
    4. propose the standards and normative for nursing practice, to the Minister of Health,
    5. determine the need, content and length of duration for additional education and organize continuous education,
    6. adopt general act to determine content, terms and procedure of continuous professional education and verification of nurses competence,
    7. propose the content of nursing documentation to the Minister of Health,
    8. regulate method and conditions for professional supervision over nursing practice,
    9. determine the lowest cost of nursing care for nursing procedures which take place outside the main Health care institutions network,
    10. determine cost of nursing care procedures for scale of private health insurance,
    11. perform the professional supervision over nursing practice,
    12. determine the impairments of working duties among registrants,
    13. determine discipline measures for minor and serious professional conduct impairments,
    14. conduct disciplinary proceeding and declare disciplinary measures for professional conduct impairments,
    15. cooperate with the health inspection of the Ministry of Health,
    16. represent registrants' interests by all means,
    17. ensure legal aid for registrants,
    18. take care of other interests of registrants,
    19. coordinate relationships among registrants and actively participate in solving disputes if any occur,
    20. cooperate with the Croatian Nurses Association, i.e. with all professional, expert associations and trade unions whose object is to promote nursing as a profession,
    21. cooperate with all educational institutions that educate nurses,
    22. cooperate with the World Health Organisation, and other international nursing organisations,
    23. make opinion on the validity of foundation of a nursing care institution within the Basic network of health care system institutions,
    24. define opinion on the validity of foundation a nursing care institution outside the Basic network of health care system institutions,
    25. make opinion on the validity of foundation of a private home care nursing practice within the Basic network of health care system institution, and also define opinion on the validity of foundation of a private home care nursing practice outside the Basic network of health care system institutions,
    26. perform other activities described in this Statutes and other acts of the Council. (updated 2003) (accessed on 11/07/2011) (updated 2009) (accessed on 11/07/2011)

  • Health System

    Croatian hospitals are currently funded according to a two-tiered system. Costs such as investments into infrastructure, medical equipment and information technology are mainly funded by decentralized state funds allocated to counties (owners of general hospitals) that then, subject to Ministry of Health approval, distribute the funds to individual hospitals. Counties and the HZZO also participate to a lesser extent in funding hospital procurement of medical equipment. Medical services are funded separately by the HZZO, according to a combination of a point-based hospital payment system and a diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) system.

    The Minister of Health determines which institutions are classified as clinics, clinical hospitals and clinical hospital centres according to the Health Care Law that specifies the criteria that hospitals have to attain in order to be granted special status (e.g. clinical hospitals, clinical hospital centres). The National Health Council accredits hospitals that meet certain normative standards set by the medical associations. Secondary and tertiary care providers are integrated into the public health.

    Social welfare policy was introduced for the first time in 1922 when legislation was enacted to provide for old age, disability and survivors. The 1993 reforms introduced a capitation payment for the primary care sector, and a point system for the hospital sector. Subsequently, the Ministry of Health introduced global budget caps for hospitals and reference pricing for pharmaceuticals in 1999. Although these measures appear to have had some moderating effect on the rising costs of care, their effectiveness in promoting productivity and assuring quality of care have been limited. (updated 2006) (accessed on 11/07/2011)

    Updated and validated September 2011

  • Map
    45.1, 15.2
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