Employers of Poland have received the nomination for prof. Marian Zembala for the Minister of Health. We hope that the change will be a chance to introduce a new quality to dialog with all interested parties – patients, medical personnel, service providers and pharmaceutical companies. We are convinced that good communication and opportunities to exchange views will help resolve many problems we are currently dealing with.
– However, the list of issues that have to be addressed is very long – stresses Andrzej Mądrala, Vicepresident of Employers of Poland. – Not all of them can be resolved with dialog alone. Minister Zembala will have to make some very important decisions.
Priorities include the Public Health Act and an amendment to the oncology package. Both drafts are very advanced, so the parliament should pass it without problem. Apart from these issues, Employers of Poland stress the importance of contracts for medical services. There is an urgent need to define the terms and conditions of this process. This will help service providers prepare and avoid future conflicts.
In this regard, the problem of the pricing of medical services and its connection to specified service standards and maps of medical needs is particularly important.
The Minister should also make a definitive decision on sanitary norms which are to come into force on January 1st 2017. The cost of adapting to these requirements is estimated at several million of zloty. – The rules passed before should be less stringent – states Andrzej Mądrala. In addition, the date of their final implementation should be set. This date has been changed several times before, some many hospitals had to delay investment decisions until the last moment. Those who were responsible and prepared in advance often lost.
According to Employers of Poland, appropriate decisions in some of these key areas will allow service providers plan their work and investments, adapting them to the needs of patients. These critical issues can be dealt with within a few months. Expectations are very high, but they answer the needs of the society. We hope that Minister Zembala will have enough time and determination to help solve these problems.