Many actions taken by Minister Konstanty Radziwiłł give hope for good results in the future. They surely deserve to be supported – among them first and foremost the plan to increase spending on healthcare. However, Employers of Poland decisively object to some projects.
Firstly, we consider the draft of a regulation on free medication for seniors to be a good solution. However, we are waiting for details: the list of pharmaceutics to be provided to elderly people free of charge. We are happy to finally see the introduction of the e-blood system and the intensification of efforts to prepare maps of healthcare need. At the same time, it should be noted that in the latter case, the consultations with the members of Healthcare Need Councils were a fiction due to the hastiness of the procedure.
Employers of Poland ascribe the greatest importance to whether Minister Radziwiłł said in the media, but neglected to say in the presence of other members of the Council of Ministers. On the other hand, we would have liked to hear a declaration that sending on healthcare will be increased – it is a pity that the Minister did not use this opportunity to present the works in this regard. Employers of Poland will support the Minister in trying to convince the Minister of Finance and Ms Prime Minister that increasing said spending to 6 percent of the GDP is a true investment in the health of Polish citizens. An investment that will bring returns in the form of longer job activity and fewer illness-related absences at work, and – in turn – higher GDP.
Information on the drastic lowering of the pricing of many medical services (and the plans to continue this trend) without presenting tariff reports was also missing. We categorically object to the draft of a regulation on offer assessment criteria, presented for consultation, which is to prohibit treatment in private hospitals for public funds. We consider this proposition to be utterly unacceptable, as they practically liquidate the private sector in healthcare – a sector which contributed to the significant increase in the quality of services provided in public hospitals and what that is appreciated by patients. We cannot accept such solutions.
According to Employers of Poland, the summary should also feature a declaration of plans with regards to refunding medical products. We hope that this change makes it on the list of 35 legal acts to be prepared. It is a shame that the Minister devoted so much attention to issues of little importance as far as patients are concerned (digitalization, liquidation of the NFZ), and at the same time said so little about what awaits patients after the introduction of these changes.
Employers of Poland