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Psychologists’ Status in Croatian Health System Updated

Prof. dr. sc Gordana Buljan Flander, Hrvoje Gligora, president of the Croatian Psychological Chamber, m. sc. Tatjana Prenđa Trupec, deputy of the director of the Croatian Health Insurance and prim. dr. Siniša Varga, director of the Croatian Health Insurance
Prof. dr. sc Gordana Buljan Flander, Hrvoje Gligora, president of the Croatian Psychological Chamber, m. sc. Tatjana Prenđa Trupec, deputy of the director of the Croatian Health Insurance and prim. dr. Siniša Varga, director of the Croatian Health Insurance

On 23 October 2013, Croatian Health Insurance decided to modify the regulation of the bases for the contract for health protection within the compulsory health insurance (published in the National Gazette No 128/2013). Accordingly, instead of diagnostic psychology, short psycho diagnostic interview and psychological diagnostic procedures and methods data collection, the decision allows the following psychological services within the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to be included in the contract:

• Psycho diagnostic assessment

• Differential psycho diagnostic assessment

• Psycho diagnostic assessment of the child – infants and toddlers

• Psycho diagnostic assessment of the child – preschoolers and school children

• Psychological counselling of the adult or the child

• Family counselling / Psychological counselling of the couple

• Psychological preparation for a medical procedure

• Psychological preparation of the child for a medical procedure

• Psychological treatment of trauma

• Psychological treatment in pain management in adults

• Psychological treatment in pain management in children

• Psychological treatment in cognitive and executive functions, training for life skills

• Psychosocial education for the adjustment to physical health condition

• Psychotherapy – individual

• Psychotherapy – group

This is an important step in the return of the acceptance of psychologists as health workers in the health system, for which we hope in the near future. Croatian Psychological Society awarded the director of the Croatian Health Insurance, dr. Siniša Varga, deputy of the director of the Croatian Health Insurance, Tatjana Prenđa Trupec and our director prof.dr.sc. Gordana Buljan Flander with the Certificate of Acknowledgement as a token of gratitude and at the same time on the occasion of its sixtieth anniversary.