According to popular opinion, doctors do not know what they are doing: the more talented have gone abroad, hospitals lack specialist equipment, qualified staff or even beds, and nothing can be done without bribes or personal connections. Not like healthcare in England or Switzerland – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
– So what is the truth? The average Pole does not appreciate what he has. Let us start with a recent media story. Brian Johnson, the singer of AC/DC has started to lose his hearing, some concerts have already been cancelled, He was invited for a consultation by prof. Henryk Skarżyński of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing in Kajetany. Some might be surprised to see a world famous musician come to visit a Polish doctor. However, the Institute is one of the flagships of Polish healthcare, one of the most modern centres treating hearing loss, where the most hearing correction procedures are conducted – Malinowski points out.
The President of Employers of Poland also reminds that there are more such medical institutions, such as the Cardiac Surgery Centre in Zabrze, the Oncology Centre in Bydgoszcz or the University clinical Hospital in Wrocław.
However, Malinowski stresses the fact that the financial condition of Polish healthcare is bad. Many hospitals can barely make ends meet. According to calculations made by Deloitte, a total of 7.2 percent of the GDP is spent on healthcare in Poland, while the EU average exceeds 10 percent.
– Thiis nearly 3 percent difference is a huge sum of money, but despite having less funds our specialists have much to be proud of – he writes. In his opinion, medical technologies are among the most telling cases of innovation in Polish economy, ie. in telemedicine – a true revolution in medical technologies in recent years.
– We have a great medical potential which should be taken care of. It is time to start appreciating what we have. I am not talking about the average citizen, but the state administration as a whole. Such innovative institutions should be an example not only in medial terms, but also, or maybe even particularly, with regards to management – urges the President of Employers of Poland.
– Others would do well to follow their example. This is an opportunity not only to improve our healthcare, but also to create optimal working conditions for exceptional specialists, so that they do not leave the country like birds leave their nests having learned to fly – concludes Malinowski.