Former Croatian Health Minister Sinisa Varga Returns to Dentistry

By 15 January 2022

January the 15th, 2022 - Following former Health Minister Milan Kujundzic's reign, few are likely to easily recalled Sinisa Varga, who served as Croatia's health minister in Zoran Milanovic's centre-left government from 2014 to 2016. The ex minister, otherwise a doctor of dental medicine, has returned to his original vocation.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes, at the beginning of the year, former Minister of Health Sinisa Varga, a doctor of dental medicine, opened the Institution for Health Care - Centre for Smiles (Centar za Osmijeh) in Zagreb's Malesnica district.

According to a recent announcement, the Sinisa Varga's new dental practice intends to provide dental care for all ages (for the whole family), and patient enrollment and the formalisation of the practice's contract with the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO) are now underway, which will cover part of patient dental work, including prosthetics.

Although Varga is best known to the public as a politician and Minister of Health in the Government of Zoran Milanovic, and as a consultant, Varga is extremely active in his profession of dentistry.

He graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Zagreb back in 1990, and completed his specialisation in 1997 in dental prosthetics at the Dental Clinic of the Clinical Hospital Centre in Zagreb.

For 23 whole years he ran the Clinic for Surgical Prosthetics, the Clinical Institute for Oral Surgery, the Clinic for Facial and Maxillofacial Surgery, and the Dubrava Clinical Hospital. Since it is the only centre of its kind in the Republic of Croatia, he worked on improving the surgical prosthetic profession by introducing and applying modern methods in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with congenital or acquired defects of the face and jaw.

In addition, Sinisa Varga regularly participates in the training of nurses, dental technicians, non-medical staff and trainees and specialists in dental prosthetics, oral surgery, maxillofacial surgery and otorhinolaryngology. Due to his professional work on improving the overal profession of dentistry, he earned the title of primarius from the Ministry of Health back in 2007.

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