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Health Care in Porec

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Learn about the health system in Porec: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Porec.

The healthcare system in Porec is a mix of public and private healthcare services. The public healthcare system, known as the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO), is widely used by both locals and foreigners, while private healthcare services offer an alternative for those seeking more specialized or immediate care.

Croatia's Healthcare System

The Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO) is the public healthcare system in Croatia. It is funded by mandatory health insurance contributions and provides a wide range of healthcare services. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system, although they may need to pay for certain services. Public hospitals in Porec are generally well-equipped and staffed by professional medical personnel. However, for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries, some people may recommend private hospitals due to shorter waiting times and more personalized care. Private hospitals in Porec offer a high standard of care, with modern facilities and English-speaking staff.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Porec

There are several healthcare facilities in Porec that are recommended for expats. These include:

  • General Hospital Porec - a public hospital located in the city center.
  • Poliklinika Analiza - a private clinic offering a range of medical services.
  • Medico Polyclinic - a private healthcare facility specializing in various medical fields.
If there are no suitable facilities in Porec, expats often travel to the nearby city of Rijeka, which is approximately 90 minutes by car. Rijeka has a number of well-regarded hospitals, including Clinical Hospital Centre Rijeka and Special Hospital for Medical Rehabilitation Thalassotherapia Opatija.

Emergency Services in Porec

Emergency services, including ambulance services, are available in Porec. In case of an emergency, you can call 112, the universal European emergency number. The response time of the ambulance service is generally good, although there may be delays in peak times or in more remote areas.

Health Insurance Companies in Porec

There are several popular private health insurance companies in Porec, including Allianz, Croatia Osiguranje, and Uniqa. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans, including coverage for private healthcare services. Many expats and digital nomads in Porec choose to use these local insurance companies, although some may opt for international health insurance providers that offer coverage in multiple countries.

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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