The main focus within this area is on the nature and financing of healthcare systems in Croatia and in the European context. In particular, our researchers explore options concerning the reform of the Croatian healthcare system and the factors which promote and which impede such a reform, from the perspective of health economics.

In the context of technological advances in medical science and drug availability, there are important choices to be made regarding priorities as well as funding mechanisms, not least in terms of the balance between insurance-based and fee-paying care, the balance between primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare, and the respective roles of state and non-state actors in healthcare. The fact that Croatia has an ageing population also poses particular challenges for future health and long-term care systems. Additional focus is placed on the optimization of autonomy levels for individual hospitals within the public health system. Researchers also address health inequalities and their implications for well-being at individual, household and community levels.

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  1. Effect of forced displacement on health Žilić, Ivan, 2018, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, 181(2), pp. 889-906.
  2. Assessment of drug-related public expenditures in Croatia Jurlina Alibegović, Dubravka and Sunčana Slijepčević, 2015, Društvena istraživanja: časopis za opća društvena pitanja, 24 (1), pp. 1–20.
  3. Do people drive safer when accidents are more expensive: testing for moral hazard in experience rating schemes Vukina, Tomislav and Danijel Nestić, 2015, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 71, pp. 46–58. 
  4. The recent health reform in Croatia: true reforms or just a fundraising exercise? Švaljek, Sandra, 2014, Health Policy, 115 (1), pp. 36–43.
  5. Estimating adverse selection and moral hazard effects with hospital invoices data in a government-controlled healthcare system Liu, Xiangping, Danijel Nestić and Tomislav Vukina, 2012, Health Economics, 21 (8), pp. 883–901.
  6. Smoking patterns in Croatia and comparisons with European nations Goel, Rajeev K. and Jelena Budak, 2007, Central European Journal of Public Health, 15 (3), pp. 110–115.

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  1. Economic evaluations of personalized health technologies - an overview of emerging issues Bobinac, Ana and Maja Vehovec, 2016. In N. Bodiroga-Vukobrat, D. Rukavina, K. Pavelić and G. Sander (Eds.), Personalized medicine : a new medical and social challenge, pp. 107-135. Berlin : Springer.
  2. Private health expenditure in Croatia Nestić, Danijel and Ivica Rubil, 2014, Healthcare from the Economic Perspective / Vehovec, Maja (ed.), Zagreb: The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, pp. 79–108.
  3. Healthcare from the economic perspective Vehovec, Maja (ed.), 2014, Zagreb: The Institute of Economics, Zagreb.
  4. International comparison of healthcare quality from the user perspective Vehovec, Maja, 2014, Healthcare from the Economic Perspective / Vehovec, Maja (ed.), Zagreb: The Institute of Economics, pp. 288–300.
  5. Hospitals faced with challenges of business restructuring Vehovec, Maja, Ivana Rašić Bakarić and Sunčana Slijepčević, 2014, Healthcare from the Economic Perspective / Vehovec, Maja (ed.), Zagreb: The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, pp. 167–200.
  6. Asymmetric information in health insurance: some preliminary evidence from the Croatian state-administered supplemental plan Nestić, Danijel and Tomislav Vukina, 2008, Privredna kretanja i ekonomska politika, 18 (115), pp. 24–47.


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  1. Transition into unhappiness? A detailed look into well-being of post-transition countries, 2019 Commissioned by: The Institute of Economics, Zagreb
    Project manager: Vedran Recher
  2. Training on health insurance and the quality of health care (EDU-HEALTH), 2018 Commissioned by: The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kosovo
    Project manager: Maruška Vizek
  3. Out-of-pocket health expenditures in Croatia, 2017 Commissioned by: Freyr d.o.o.
    Project manager: Ivica Rubil
  4. Do financial incentives shape physicians' prescription behaviors, 2017 (Tvoj grant@EIZ) Commissioned by: The Institute of Economics, Zagreb
    Project manager: Ivan Žilić
  5. WelfarEurope – Measuring quality of life and work in Europe, 2015–2016 Commissioned by: European Social Fund (ESF)
    Project manager: Ivica Rubil
  6. Health care analysis, 2012 Commissioned by: Monthly magazine Banka
    Project coordinator: Maja Vehovec