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Croatian medical journal, Vol.52 No.5 October 2011. -

Aim To compare the results of a series of public opinion

surveys on experiences with the health care sector in

Croatia conducted in the time of elections and to analyze

whether political party affiliation had any influence on issues

of priority ranking.

Methods The surveys were conducted during 2005, 2007,

and 2009. They were administered through a Computer

Assisted Telephone Interviewing method to representative

samples of Croatian population and were statistically

weighted according to sex, age, level of education, and political

party affiliation. The random sampling of the person

within the household was done using the table of random


Results Health and health care system was the most important

issue 58% during the 2007 parliamentary election

and the second most important issue during the 2005

and 2009 elections 46% and 28%. In the 2007 election,

health care was viewed as most important by women, respondents

with lower education levels, and respondents

with lower income. In 2005, the most important health

care issues were corruption and lack of funding 45% and

43%, respectively, in 2007 poor organization and lack of

funding 43% and 42%, respectively, and in 2009 lack of

funding and corruption 51% and 45%, respectively.

Conclusion Health and health care system were consistently

among the top two issues in all elections from 2005

to 2009. The top three most important health care sector

issues were corruption, poor organization, and lack of

funding. This indicates that political parties should include

solutions to these issues in their health care policymaking.

Health care system; voting; health planning; Croatia; public opinion; elections

Autor: Dagmar Radin - ; Department of Political Science and Public Administration Mississippi State University Mississippi State, Miss,



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