On December 31st 2013 Employers of Poland have appealed to the Deputy Chairman of the National Health Fund and the Minister of Health to delay the coming into force of the order of the Chairman of the National Health Fund from December 19th 2013 regarding the conditions of signing and fulfilling contracts for hospital treatment by at least six months.
The order introduces many crucial and at the same time controversial changes – important both for medical personnel and benefit providers. According to the Employers of Poland, consultation with interested parties were unsatisfactory. There was no substantive justification of proposed changes, including those of particular importance for benefit providers – regarding the changes in valuation of selected medical benefits.
Experts of Employers of Poland remind that the date of the order coming into force - January 1st 2014- caused a strong reaction. It means that benefit providers had no time to prepare for new conditions. Introducing changes of such significance during the course of valid, long-term contracts is unacceptable.
Employers of Poland stress that moving the coming into force of the order to a later date would allow inaccuracies to be clarified, controversial elements to be improved and the catalog of benefits with changed valuation to be broadened.
Another strong argument for postponing the coming into force is the Health Ministers announcement of significant changes in the healthcare system in 2014.
Employers of Poland have already appealed for the date to be postponed to both the Minister of Health and the Chairman of the National Health Fund