Professor Boris Hrabač,MD,PhD, is a director of Cantonal Public Health Institute in Zenica in Bosnia&Herzegovina. He graduated at the Faculty of Medicine in Sarajevo in 1981. He is a professor of social medicine, health economics and health management at the Medical Faculty in Mostar, as well as Health Sciences Faculties in Mostar and Zenica. He has published more than 100 scientific publications, books and congress papers. Areas of his scientific and professional interest are as follows: health care reform, health economics, family medicine development, health policy and strategy design and implementation, health legislation, comparative research of health care systems, international cooperation in health care, project management, health care management, functional review of health administration, as well as environmental health.
He has dealt actively with public health issues for 22 years as adviser to the minister of health, deputy director of the Federal Health Insurance Fund, as well as university professor of public health. He conducted numerous projects of health care reform in the Federation of B&H, dealing with the following issues: drafting new health legislation (Law on Health Care and Law on Health Insurance), new payment system in family medicine (capitation and bonus payment), design of basic benefit package, design of federal solidarity scheme, establishment of cantonal health insurance funds, development of contractual processes, design of pay-for-performance (bonus) payment related to preventive-promotional work of family medicine teams, software development for family medicine practice, establishment of continuous medical education scheme on health care management skills in the Federation of B&H, and functional review of health care administration. Dealing with international cooperation in health care he acted as a government representative during European meetings of the WHO and Council of Europe, as well as contacts within the USA. Within international consultancy work he took part in the preparation of a “Hospital Master Plan” for the Government of Republic of Croatia, dealing with hospital network rationalization. He has acted as a member of editorial board of several journals, as well as a member of public health association in the Federation of B&H, as well as EUPHA. His two most significant textbooks are entitled “Social Medicine” and “Health Economics”.