The problem of Polish diagnostics is the lack of an obligation to have quality certificates, and not outsourcing medical examinations outside hospital structures. The quality of diagnostics is decisive for patient safety – and it is absolutely imperative.
In recent weeks, the media reported the outsourcing of medical laboratories many times. However, this is a complete misconception as to where the discussion should be going, not only according to Employers of Poland, but also according to the Diagnostics Forum functioning within their structures.
In our opinion, the quality of diagnostics, its reliable and systemic control and the implementation of European certificates should be discussed, as should the reliability of diagnoses and patient safety. Outsourcing? If it has a higher quality and lets hospitals save costs, then it should be all means be used! There is no justification for having an own laboratory if, due to scale or lack of investment funds, it has a lower quality. Let us talk about facts and the safety of patients and not of the ownership structure.
Quality of laboratory diagnosis
We consider the juxtaposition of information about the alarmingly low level of diagnostic services with information about entrusting laboratory services in public hospitals to private entities to flagrantly unjust and harmful. Such a juxtaposition – regardless of whether it is intentional – may cause the clients of private laboratories, as well as patients of public hospitals, to feel unjustifiably concerned about the reliability of the result of diagnostic procedures.
Meanwhile, contrary to suggestions made by representatives of the laboratory diagnostics self-government, the national consultant and opinions presented in publications with a varying degree of reliability, hospitals entrust laboratory services to private entities not only because of savings, but also because of their quality. The best demonstration of the quality of privately provided diagnostics is the fact that out of 11 laboratories accredited by the Polish Accreditation Center with regards to the ISO 15189 norm (dedicated to medical diagnostics laboratories), as many as 9 are privately owned.
To conclude – the accusations towards the outsourcing of medical laboratories voiced in the media are completely untrue, many of the arguments presented are unreliable and have no basis in reality. Shutting off the possibility of outsourcing laboratories will lead to many being wasted and, more importantly, may lead to lower quality of laboratory services in Poland.
Diagnostics Forum of Employers of Poland