The Polish healthcare system should provide citizens with the services of a European standard. However, fundamental changes in law and state policy with regards to healthcare are needed for that to happen.
The Health Academy 2030 expert team has prepared a report on required changes in the healthcare system. Improved fund management in healthcare and social security, extending the responsibilities of the Minister of Health to some social security tasks and increasing the role of POZ (primary healthcare). One of the recommendation is the establishment of the National Health Agency, responsible for creating standards, quality monitoring, technology assessment and valuation as well as information management. Today, all these issues are taken care of by different institutions.
The experts suggest creating a Health Needs Map, which will serve as a basis for the establishment of a National Health Plan.
The Health Academy 2030 team has also drawn attention to the quality of healthcare regulations. The government, parliament, government and local administration should be expected to adhere to the rules of proper lawmaking and OECD guidelines on social consultation, particularly when the matters in question are so sensitive.
The Health Academy 2030 advisory group was established in April 2013, at the initiative of Andrzej Mądrala, Vice President of the Employers of Poland. An announcement by the Ministry of Health regarding changes in the healthcare system served as an impulse for its creation. The Academy consists of 18 experts with different backgrounds representing different groups and organizations – among them public and private benefit providers, university hospitals, patients, doctors, health and university managers, NGOs, research and advisory institutions active in healthcare.
The group’s work is based on principles of consensus regarding its interdisciplinary character and consulting solutions and recommendations for the healthcare system with all participants. Since April 2013, several dozen sessions and seminars have taken place. These events made it possible to elaborate a common document, which serves as the starting point for further works and discussion on the social, political and financial conditions necessary for recommended changes to be implemented.
The "Healthcare in Poland - diagnosis and reform suggestions" report is available below (in Polish).
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