Entrepreneurs' Association Claims Health Reform Disastrous for Economy and Citizens

By 26 October 2021

ZAGREB, 26 October, 2021 - The Voice of Entrepreneurs (UGP) association believes that the healthcare reform being proposed by Health Minister Vili Beroš is disastrous for Croatian entrepreneurs, citizens and the economy.

UGP is particularly critical towards the sections of the proposals that appeared in media reports on Monday according to which sick leave and maternity leave will not be paid by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO), and that young people under the age of 30 will lose the benefits they were entitled to until now.

"The question is who is going to pay for sick leave and maternity leave if the HZZO were to stop paying these allowances? Naturally, they once again want to pass everything on to entrepreneurs and citizens who are overburdened in any case. We consider that this is an absurd proposal because this health reform will probably additionally burden entrepreneurs who are already paying too much for unnecessary tax contributions," UGP said in a press release.

UGP underscored that it is "senseless" for entrepreneurs to pay for the first 42 days of an employee's sick leave, as they already pay a contribution of 16.5% on gross salaries for health insurance.

Singling out parts of health reform distorts the picture, says minister

Health Minister Vili Beroš on Monday commented on media reports that as part of the health reform, the highest participation fee would be raised and that sick leave would not be paid by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund, saying that singling out parts of the reform created a distorted picture.