A meeting with Minister Beata Małecka-Libera and prof. Mirosław Wysocki – national consultant for public health was held at the headquarters of Employers of Poland. It was the first presentation of the draft of the act on public health. Thus, the minister commenced open consultations of the project with interested parties.
During the meeting, the minister underlined the relative simplicity and brevity of the drat which is intended to draw attention to the issue of public health and serve as the first step towards legally regulating this area. The draft is to constitute a framework for elaborating a broader National Health Program, based on objective indexes, as well as support the coordination of activities undertaken by various institution dealing with public health issues and specify the financing framework for pro-health projects.
The draft involves coordinating spending on healthcare by all ministries, as well as local government entities. Profilactic programs and education campaigns would be financed from the funds of the Ministry of Health and other ministries which have issue related to public health included in their budgets, from the profilactic subfund established by the NFZ (1 percent of budget) and the Public Health Fund (financed with a fixed rate of excise income – 1 percent for alcohol, 0.5 percent for tobacco and 3 percent for gambling, respectively). It is estimated that in the first year of the act being in force – 2016 – ca. 1.5 bln PLN will be spent on profilactics. The announcement of a new contract product – profilactic medical advice, which will surely improve the accessibility of profilactics and raise awareness of this issue among doctors.
Coordinating issues pertaining to public health is also a key element of the draft – it establishes an Institution of a Government Spokesperson for Public Health – a secretary of state in the Ministry of Health. It also involves establishing a Steering Committee for the National Health Program (comprising representatives of ministries involved in the Program with the rank of Minister or Viceminister) and the Public Health Council (an advisory body).
Minister Małecka-Libera presented the main objectives of the National Health Program:
The presentation was followed by a lively discussion. Participants – members of Employers of Poland – asked Minister Małecka-Libera to clarify some aspects of the draft, thanked for the initiative and declared their support. She announced that further meetings presenting and explaining the draft will be held – including another meeting with Employers of Poland which will take place after the draft is presented for consultation.
Andrzej Mądrala, Vicepresident of Employers of Poland
The debate took place within the framework of the "Meetings at Brukselska" series in the "Establishing the Research and Analysis Centre" project, co-financed by the European Social Fund, the Human Capital Operational Program. Subactivity 5.5.2 - Strengthening social dialog participants.