Sunday 20 August 2017

Blood tests, x-rays, ultrasound within 40 minutes of getting to hospital – in Croatia

'Croatia's GDP is half the size of Ireland's but their health service would put ours to shame.'
'Croatia's GDP is half the size of Ireland's but their health service would put ours to shame.'

Today I am going to tell you about something that happened to me in a not very rich European country, which got me thinking about our health system.

Before I start, there will be no moral to this story. There will be no "We should do this" or "We should do that" and no finger-pointing at possible culprits. I'll just tell you what happened.

I brought a child – a good friend of my son's – to an A&E in a small city called Sibenik in Croatia. You may remember the name Sibenik because it was under siege during the opening months of the war in Yugoslavia. It's a provincial town of maybe 25,000 people with one public hospital.

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