The Foksal Press Centre hosted a debate organized by „Gazeta Polska”, entitled „Patients at the centre of attention – a new era in healthcare?”. Panelists included a.o. Vicepresident of Employers of Poland Andrzej Mądrala, Deputy Minister of Health Marek Tombarkiewicz, Deputy Chairman of the Health Committee in Sejm Tomasz Latos and expert of the National Public Healthcare Institute Jakub Gierczyński MD.
– We noticed that the relevant act does not include a justification for the choice of the age above which the new solutions will apply. The choice of age 75 as a criterion, without regard for wealth and medical condition, will make it impossible to get to those most in need. This applies particularly to families with multiple kids and pensioners who are a few years short of 75 and therefore will not be entitled to free medication – stressed Andrzej Mądrala, Vicepresident of Employers of Poland.
Participants also tried to answer the question whether taking care of citizens’ health was a costs or an investment? – Citizens’ health is a state investment in their capacity to generate GDP and not an expense. We have to start calculating the costs of negligence in healthcare, because it will show us that investing in new medical technologies, in the quality of healthcare and the efficiency of the system will quickly bring tangible benefits – said Vicepresident Mądrala.