(Photo: HRT) (Photo: HRT)

Health Minister Vili Beroš said the payment would help maintain an equal level of healthcare around the entire country.

State-owned hospitals (KBC hospitals and clinical centers) will be receive 868.1 million kuna, while 472.7 million will go to hospitals owned by individual counties. Beroš clarified that the funds would only be used to repay part of the debt 'under established criteria'.

The minister conceded, however, that the healthcare system would be in a similar situation again in a few months' time due to the sizable debt still owed.

"It is clear that we must implement radical reforms that will not impact the quality of the health care provided, but rather make the whole system financially sustainable," he said.

Source: HRT