Revija za socijalnu politiku, Svezak 29, Br. 3 (2022)

Veličine fonta:  Mali  Srednji  Veliki

Legal Aspects of Recognizing COVID-19 As an Occupational Disease in The Republic of Croatia

Milan Milošević, Hana Brborović, Roko Žaja, Jasna Pucarin-Cvetković, Nada Pjevač, Neda Pjevač Pjevač, Tajana Božić, Snježana Kaštelan


Occupational diseases are diseases directly induced by work and working conditions. In the Republic of Croatia, according to the procedure set out by law, occupational diseases are reported and recognized by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund and registered and monitored in the Registry of Occupational Diseases kept by the Croatian Institute for Public Health – Department of Occupational Health. Diagnoses are under responsibility of occupational medicine specialists and are carried out according to modern occupational health criteria, which include determining the clinical picture of the disease and the damage caused by the work process. The recognition of COVID-19 as an occupational disease is extremely important for the worker considering the financial and pension benefits according to the applicable laws and regulations. Most workers who have had COVID-19 as a professional disease do not get the disease recognized as an occupational disease while they are sick. The length of the acute disease is shorter than the process of application and evaluation of occupational disease. However, the recognition of COVID-19 as an occupational disease may be important for the future. Should any of the complications (e.g. post COVID-19 syndrome) arise in the future, the worker holds their rights under health insurance. The scientific and healthcare community is still in the process of evaluating and recognizing complications of COVID-19 disease and their long-term impact on health and work ability.

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Revija za socijalnu politiku (Online). ISSN: 1845-6014