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Health Care in Novigrad

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Health Care in Novigrad: Locate providers, hospitals, and medical centers to find the best health services available for expats and nomads.

The healthcare system in Novigrad is a mix of public and private services. The public healthcare system, known as the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO), is widely used by both locals and foreigners, while private healthcare is also available for those who prefer it.

Croatia's Healthcare System

The Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO) is the public healthcare system in Croatia. It is used by both locals and foreigners, including expats and digital nomads. Public hospitals in Novigrad are generally recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. The experience at a public hospital in Novigrad is similar to that in other European countries, with well-trained staff and modern facilities. However, as with any public healthcare system, there can be long waiting times for non-emergency procedures. Expats also have the option to use private hospitals, which are often preferred for their shorter waiting times and more personalized care. Private hospitals are also recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. The experience at a private hospital in Novigrad is typically more luxurious, with private rooms and a higher staff-to-patient ratio.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Novigrad

Novigrad has a number of hospitals and clinics that are recommended for expats. These include:

  • Novigrad General Hospital (public) - a large hospital offering a wide range of services.
  • Novigrad Private Clinic (private) - a smaller clinic offering personalized care.
  • Novigrad Specialist Hospital (public) - a hospital specializing in cardiology and neurology.
If there are no suitable hospitals in Novigrad, expats often travel to the nearby city of Pula, which is approximately an hour's drive away. Pula General Hospital is a large public hospital offering a wide range of services.

Emergency Services in Novigrad

Novigrad has a reliable ambulance service. In case of an emergency, you can call 112, the universal European emergency number. The response time is generally quick, although there can be delays in peak times or in remote areas.

Health Insurance Companies in Novigrad

There are several popular private health insurance companies in Novigrad. These include Allianz, which offers a range of health insurance plans, and Croatia Osiguranje, the largest insurance company in Croatia. Expats and digital nomads often choose to use these local companies, although some prefer to use specialized expat health insurance providers. These providers offer plans that are tailored to the needs of expats, including coverage for treatment in multiple countries and medical evacuation.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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