Employers of Poland urge the Minister of Health to amend the act on medical activity so that medical malpractice insurance for hospitals remain voluntary rather than compulsory. This would enable hospitals to save up to several hundred thousand złoty per year.
According to regulations currently in force, starting on January 1st 2016 every hospital will be required to have a medical malpractice insurance – otherwise, hospitals will face removal from the medical entities register.
Despite changes in the formula for calculating the maximum value of the insurance, the contribution is still far too high. Information acquired by Employers of Poland in over a hundred hospitals shows that the contribution ranges from ca. 250 000 PLN to 700 000 PLN, depending on the size and profile of the hospital. These are very high sums, significantly impacting on the financial liquidity of most medical entities. They are also completely inadequate to the value of claims – which did not exceed 60 000 PLN in a three-year period among the hospitals surveyed.
According to Employers of Poland, given the low level of financing for the healthcare system, as much money as possible should be spent on treatment. All additional burdens have an impact first and foremost on patients, lowering the standard and quality of medical services.