Health Minister Milan Kujundzic said on Friday that both short-term and long-term solutions should be sought for hospitals' debts to pharmaceutical wholesalers.
"Everybody has the right to to demand their claims, and debtors are supposed to cover their debts. We will continue to talk to find solutions," Kujundzic told Hina.
The coordinating body of pharmaceutical wholesalers at the Croatian Employers' Association (HUP) announced on Friday morning that they were beginning a selective suspension of deliveries of drugs and medical supplies to hospitals after their debts had reached HRK 2.6 billion.
Commenting on the announcement, the chairman of the governing council of the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO), Drago Prgomet, said that "Croatia has never been left without drugs, hospitals have never been left without drugs and they will not be left without them now."