– Long-term investment in citizens’ healthcare is in the interest of Poland and its economy – said President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski, opening a debate on public health and its impact on Polish economy. He added that only cooperation based on broad dialog can lead to a program of efficient actions facilitating the protection of the unique capital that is public health. – Still, there is much left to do to improve the efficiency of the expenses on healthcare – Malinowski added.
The meeting of experts and journalists was the first instalment of the works on the I Health Congress of Employers of Poland.
Robert Mołdach, adviser to the President of Employers of Poland, expressed concern with actions of the Ministry of Health. In his opinion, it appears that the ministry is pursuing its program in good faith, but the consequences may be painful for the patients.
– Raises in healthcare, which will eventually hit patients, are one example – said Robert Mołdach reminding that the budget assigned to citizens’ health is intended to eventually reach 6 percent of the GDP, but the difference between the current and the intended budget is as much as 25 bln PLN.
Vicepresident of Employers of Poland Anna Rulkiewicz touched on the topic of public health as an important investment and reminded that preventive healthcare, promotion and health education in Poland are at a very low level. She also highlighted the formula of the company physician: one that she considers to be tested and needed, and which might have to be reintroduced to the system.
Vicepresident of Employers of Poland Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej also participated, addressing the issue of the need for increasing the accessibility of innovative medication and therapy. She pointed out that the European average for spending in healthcare was ca. 11 percent of the GDP.
– We are determined to initiate public debate on everyday issues facing Polish patients and Polish companies. It is absolutely imperative that we discuss reconciling budget discipline with the need to increase investments in healthcare in light of the deteriorating demographic situation – said Andrzej Mądrala, Vicepresident of Employers of Poland, adding that without wise and consensus-based decisions in this regard, the stability of public finances and the competitiveness of Polish economy will be in danger.
Robert Mołdach – the initiator and author of the concept of the I Health Congress of Employers of Poland – stressed that one of the objectives of the event was to answer the question on the modal of the welfare state, one that would even out inequalities, on access to healthcare and its financing. – We want to use the Congress to show that healthcare is an important sector of Polish economy. We would like to demonstrate a different approach to the healthcare system – stated President Andrzej Malinowski.
The debate organized at the office of Employers of Poland featured active participation on the part of journalists representing economic, news agencies and media focusing on the healthcare sector.
The I Health Congress of Employers of Poland, under the motto “Healthy citizens, healthy Poland”, will be held on September 29-30th in Warsaw. It is intended as the biggest platform for dialog between entrepreneurs, experts and representatives of the administration: everyone for whom a vision of a dynamically developing, patient-centered healthcare system is the overriding goal.