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Future of Croatian Healthcare

Representatives of AmCham Croatia met with the Minister of Health Dario Nakić and his team. AmCham presented the work of the Healthcare Committee and discussed ways in which AmCham’s expertise can be utilized to contribute to the Ministry’s efforts to improve the Croatian healthcare system. The Ministry communicated its interest for continued cooperation with AmCham.

The Healthcare Committee published the position paper “Using Public Procurement to Improve Healthcare Services in Croatia”. The recommendations in the paper are aimed at ensuring that future public procurement practices in the Croatian healthcare sector facilitate innovation uptake for the sake of improved clinical solutions, the fostering of competition and long-term sustainability of supply, and the economic benefits for the healthcare sector and consequently the economy and society as a whole.

The most recent practice of the State Commission for Supervision of Public Procurement Procedure (DKOM) supports one the paper’s main recommendations - use of the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) criterion in public procurement procedures in the healthcare sector. This means that award criteria should ensure an optimal price-quality ratio rewarding valuable innovation and include qualitative, environmental and/or social aspects linked to the subject-matter of the public contract in question.