The 1st Congress of Health Tourism was held in Zagreb in the Revival Hall of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, organized by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and LUX promotion.Precisely because of the need to travel outside the place of permanent residence in order to improve health, health tourism is becoming a development model that is able to produce strong positive economic, health and social effects. Of course, only if we have top health institutions and if we round everything nicely into a quality tourist product.Due to this understanding, health tourism in Croatia, but also in many other countries, has become one of the strategic development goals of tourism and health. The goal of the congress is to specifically prepare Croatia and in the near future to open it to a new market of health tourism users. The congress therefore pointed out the possible dangers of further development of health tourism without systematic monitoring of its development effects, as well as without detailed elaboration of possible scenarios of its development in the near or distant future.In an effort to include Croatia in the international market of profit-oriented health services to non-residents as soon as possible, there is a problem of erosion of the social component of the health care system intended for residents, as well as Croatia’s ability to protect public interest in access to health care. regulated by the Health Care Act and guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia.Academician Zvonko Kusić, President of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, welcomed the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts’s reputation in the world, the history of the Renaissance Hall and the magnificent palace of the People’s House, one of the oldest in Zagreb, where the Health Tourism Congress was held. “The roots of health tourism in Croatia go back to ancient times when the first spas were opened, but the field of health tourism is still not well legally resolved or articulated. Although health tourism sounds marketing and market, health has always been a social category and should never be completely left to the market because it is a social and civilizational achievement.”, Added academician Kusić.President of the Committee on Health and Social Policy of the Croatian Parliament, Ph.D. Ines Strenja-Linić said that many health care institutions encounter numerous problems when they try to offer some services to the market, which is why it is necessary to legally regulate the field of health tourism in cooperation with the two line ministries. She warned of the value of the program of the Congress of Health Tourism for the development of health and tourism in the future, and expressed the intention to hold a round table on the topic of the Congress in the fall in the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia.On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, the Congress was attended by the Assistant Minister, Ms. Olivera Shejbal. In her welcome speech, she pointed out the increase in tourist arrivals in Croatia on vacation, said that Croatia has become a hit market for tourists from around the world, and that health tourism is one of the fastest growing tourism sectors and is expected to be one in the future. of the main motives of the journey. She mentioned the importance of involving members of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, especially the medical class and the Croatian Academy of Medical Sciences, the Committee for Health Tourism and Spa Medicine in the development of health tourism in the future. ” With the education of human resources and activating the use of natural resources: natural healing factors that Croatia abounds in and competes with its eco-preservation for a top welless destination or a modern EU destination for health tourism (eg Peljesac peninsula, Nin or the island of Mljet). Also, health tourism offers the possibility of extending the tourist season as well as the development of the economy, especially on the islands and on the continent in cooperation with, for example, small family hotels and existing medical and health facilities.Sheybal points out.Dr. sc. Denis Kovačić on behalf of the Ministry of Health announced that a new Law on Health Care will be passed at the end of this year, in which a special chapter will be dedicated to health resorts and spas in order to regulate what is now in the “gray zone” in health tourism. He also announced the possibility of passing a special Law on Health Tourism.Among the conclusions of the congress, the importance of resolving complex relations and currently uncoordinated related laws and regulations between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism was emphasized; the need to upgrade existing legislation in the health tourism sector in order to avoid different legislative interpretations of the same issues; adoption of regulations on services in health tourism. The need for certification of health services in the Republic of Croatia was especially emphasized. The formation of the Krapina-Zagorje County Health Tourism Cluster was exclusively announced at the congress.