Doctor-drain threatens Croatia once an EU memberWhy not take the croats instead?
Croatia could lose between 700 and 1,000 doctors once the country becomes a member of the European Union, some estimates show.
Statistics warn that some 10 to 15 per cent of medical professionals leave the new member states once these enter the EU.
The numbers of doctors that would leave becomes even more problematic when one considers the fact that Croatian hospitals are already understaffed. According to the Unions estimates, Croatia needs another 2,500 to 3,000 health care professionals in order to cover the existing need. There are currently 2.7 doctors for every 1,000 citizens (12,000 in total), while the EU averages are 3.5 per 1,000.
The problem becomes even bigger when one realizes that the average age of a Croatian specialist is 55, the daily Slobodna Dalmacija writes.