During a presentation of the Croatian Democratic Union's (HDZ) health platform in Zagreb on Monday, it was said that health care would not be privatised or divided into private and public health care and that supplementary health insurance and emergency hospital treatment would not go up in price as Health Minister Dario Nakic had previuosly announced.

"Health care will not be privatised. We will insist on a clear division between private and public health care which has to be accessible to every Croatian citizen regardless of how wealthy they are or in which part of Croatia they live. As such there is no hint of what we are being accused of - so-called Americanisation of the health system. We will preserve our health care as a civilisational value, which has to be available to every citizen," Drago Prgomet told a press conference.

He added that non-emergency patients would not be penalised in emergency wards because the Health Ministry was obliged to secure emergency medical attention for all patients.

Outgoing Health Minister Dario Nakic (HDZ) said that the health system would remain intact and that supplementary health insurance would not go up, which had been considered because of HRK 2.9 billion in debts incurred by the previous government.

"In the meantime, economic growth has occurred and we expect that that growth will continue and there will be no need to increase the price of supplementary health insurance," Nakic said.

He announced that in the next term the government would continue functional mergers of smaller hospitals, which will partially be financed from European Union funds.

Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO) director Fedor Dorcic announced the continuation of digitisation in the health system, adding that the first e-medical files would be tested as of September 1.

"The aim of that is to unburden patients from waiting lists as well as relieving doctors from excessive red-tape," Dorcic said. This will be followed by a central calendar of appointments for all hospitals, which will enable patients to have a transparent insight into waiting lists and will eliminate duplicate appointments, he added.

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