NI-CO is currently implementing phase one of a two phase project that will develop a strategic road map for addressing the key issues as identified in the Croatian National Health Care Strategy 2012-2020. Working with the Ministry of Health in Zagreb, the NI-CO team comprising expertise resourced primarily from within the Department of Health in Northern Ireland will assist with identifying the necessary building blocks to address a number of concerns namely :

  • Increasing shortages of healthcare professionals and related increases in pay to ensure that public sector wages remain in line with those in the private sector
  • Increasing public demands for high quality healthcare, with improved outcomes, partly fuelled by progresses made in treatments, medicine and technology
  • Increases in the cost of health care technologies and drugs
  • Changing demographics particularly increases in the elderly population and the related rise in multi-morbid patients with long-term chronic conditions