Declarations made by the Minister of Health Konstanty Radziwiłł before the Sejm stirred up a storm of comments. Experts are expressing concerns over some of announced actions of the ministry. The first act to be sent to Sejm concerns free medication for people over 75.
One of the next steps will be to amend the healthcare add, allowing for contract annexation to be prolonged by a further year, meaning that offer competitions will not be held in mid-June 2016, but a year later. The new minister of health has also announced that the medical activity act will also be amended. – We intend to stop the obligatory commercialization of independent public healthcare entities – said Konstanty Radziwiłł. Those entities which were turned into companies will not be subject to privatization – at least 50 percent of shares will have to stay in public hands.
The act will also include a regulation stating that these entities are operating on a non-profit basis. This is a cause for concern among non-public service provider. – We do not profit from health, we treat patients and all the money should be invested in development. I am convinced that this is also true for the entities turned into companies. For me the key thing is for contracts to be awarded based on quality. If a hospital takes good care of patients, it should not matter if it is public or private – emphasizes Andrzej Mądrala, Vicepresident of Employers of Poland.