European Journal of Health Law 13 : 399-411, 2006. 399 © 2006 Koninklijke Brill N.V. Printed in the Netherlands NEWS AND VIEWS Patients’ Rights in the Republic of Croatia SANJA BABIC ´ -BOSANAC AND ALEKSANDAR DZAKULA * Abstract As one of the first transition countries in Central and Southeast Europe, the Republic of Croatia, through comprehensive health service legislation, has made a significant step forward in aligning its standards in the protection of patients’ right to those that exist in the developed western democracies. However, the legislation on patients’ rights is still not having any significant effect on improving the position of patients in the health system. In this paper, the emphasis is on presenting the legal solutions from the recent Act on the Protection of Patients’ Rights, including an analysis of the causes of the existing discrepancy between the legal standards and the actual position of patients in Croatia. 1. Introduction At the beginning of the 1980’s two legal provisions on the rights of citizens as patients were introduced to the health care legislation of the former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY), of which Croatia was a part until its independence in 1990. The first prescribed
European Journal of Health Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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