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Health Insurance for Expats in Croatia

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Making the move to Croatia? One critical choice you'll face is between local health insurance and expat health insurance. Our article provides a comprehensive comparison of both, enriched with insights from expats in Croatia on their personal insurance decisions.

Croatia offers a comprehensive healthcare system that includes both public and private options. Expats and digital nomads considering a move to Croatia should be aware of the health insurance landscape, which includes mandatory state insurance as well as additional private insurance options to supplement coverage.

Health Insurance Companies in Croatia

In Croatia, the state-run Croatian Health Insurance Fund (Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje - HZZO) is the primary provider of health insurance. Expats are eligible to join the HZZO if they are employed in Croatia, own a company, or are married to a Croatian citizen. Besides HZZO, there are also private health insurance companies that offer additional coverage. These include Allianz, Croatia osiguranje, and Uniqa, which are popular among those looking for more comprehensive coverage or faster access to certain medical services. Expats can purchase policies from these companies, which can provide additional benefits not covered by the state system.

Expat Health Insurance in Croatia

Some expats living in Croatia opt for specialized expat health insurance policies. These policies are tailored to the needs of expats, offering coverage that is often more comprehensive than local plans and may include international medical evacuation and repatriation services. Expats may choose these plans for peace of mind, especially if they frequently travel or prefer to have access to a broader network of healthcare providers both in Croatia and internationally.

Local Health Insurance vs. Expat Health Insurance

Expats and digital nomads in Croatia often face the decision between enrolling in the local health insurance system or opting for specialized expat health insurance. The choice largely depends on the individual's circumstances, such as the length of their stay, their health needs, and whether they plan to travel often. Those who are employed locally or plan to integrate more fully into Croatian life may find the local system sufficient, while those who value flexibility and wider coverage may lean towards expat health insurance.

Considerations for Health Insurance Abroad

When deciding on health insurance while living overseas, expats should consider several factors. One important aspect is the claims process: some insurers may pay the hospital directly, while others require the insured to pay upfront and submit claims for reimbursement. The time taken to process claims and the ease of communication with the insurer are also crucial. Additionally, the extent of coverage, including whether pre-existing conditions are covered and the availability of emergency services, should be evaluated. Lastly, the cost of the insurance premium versus the level of coverage provided is a key consideration for expats and digital nomads when choosing a health insurance plan.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


Mondly by Pearson
Mondly by Pearson

Mondly by Pearson
Mondly by Pearson

Hvar, Croatia

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Flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Use Promocode: LIFE10 and get 10% off your international health insurance for life!
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