Innovation, namely state-of-the-art therapeutic methods, medicine and medical products – but also data processing technologies – is the cure for the ills plaguing the Polish healthcare system. If we invest in modern solutions today, tomorrow we will save on shorter therapy and fewer complications and patients will return to work faster. Experts of the I Health Congress of Employers of Poland agree that the healthcare system should actively promote innovative solutions.
– We still address many medical issues in quite anachronistic ways, which also means that they are often more expensive – given the costs of treatment, work absence, rehabilitation or the far more frequent complications. One such case is the double operation procedure used to implant a deep structure stimulant in Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. Irrational pricing guidelines incentivize benefit providers to hospitalize and operate patients twice, which is risky for both the patients and the healthcare system. We already have a technology which makes it possible to go through all necessary medical procedures in one go, but we still finance two operations – says dr Małgorzata Gałązka-Sobotka of the Healthcare Management Institute at the Łazarski University.