Financial aid for newborns

The Croatian Health Insurance Fund (CHIF) gives one-time allowances for the birth of a child, and all persons who have health insurance and meet the prescribed requirements are entitled to it

A one-time allowance for the birth of a child is a one-time allowance to which all persons who have health insurance are entitled. Additional requirements are specified in Article 42 of the Maternity and Parental Benefits Act.

You are entitled to this financial aid even if your child is adopted, provided that the aid has not already been disbursed.

The aid amounts to HRK 2,328.20.

Filing an application

To receive a one-time allowance, you need to file an application within six months from the child’s date of birth; that is, within 30 days from the date of adoption of your child. The application can be filed when you are registering your child at the registry office or in the competent CHIF regional or branch office. You need to enclose the following with the application to the CHIF:
 
  • The child’s extract from the birth register (photocopy)
  • Your ID and health insurance cards (photocopies)
  • A certificate of permanent residence.

If the mother is unemployed and the child has insurance through the father, the application has to be enclosed with the father’s ID and health insurance cards since he is the insurance holder.

You can find the addresses and phone numbers on the CHIF website under Regional and branch offices.

Apart from this state-wide aid, certain cities and municipalities also provide financial aid for equipment for the child from local budgets. You can find out more about this in your city or municipality.