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Sistem zdravstva u Bosni i Hercegovini
Health care system in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Author(s): Ervin Mujkić
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Civil Law, Health and medicine and law
Published by: Fondacija Centar za javno pravo
Keywords: Bosnia and Herzegovina; health care system; Brcko District; Republic of Srpska; Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina; cantons; reform;

Summary/Abstract: This paper represents a brief overview of the health care system in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Author analyzes the legislation, and detects some of the unresolved issues regarding the health care reform. Health care organization and financing in Bosnia and Herzegovina are the responsibility of entities, while Brcko District runs a health care system over which neither entity has authority. Bosnia and Herzegovina, therefore, has 13 ministries of health: one for Republic of Srpska, one for Brcko District, one for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and ten cantonal ministries in the Federation (one for each canton). Despite a number of reform proposals, health care system remains essentially unchanged since 1997. The main problems of the health sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina are: inequitable access to health care, poor quality of health care services, corruption, inadequate and untransparent system of financing, obsolete technology and lack of funds to invest in new equipment. With all the accumulated problems in mind, it is more than obvious that the reform is necessary.

  • Issue Year: 2/2011
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 46-58
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian