Opposition debates national healthcare system reform
October 9, 2012
Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Boleslaw Piecha
Raising funds for health service, abolishing of the National Health Fund NFZ, returning to financing the system from the budget, removing limits for medical treatment – these are just some of the ideas how to reform Poland’s national healthcare system presented by the main opposition conservative party Law and Justice (PiS) during a Monday debate.
PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said that minimum expenses for healthcare system should equal 6% of Poland’s GDP.
Talking about Poland’s National Health Fund Kaczynski said that “its biggest fault is that there is a far-reaching outflow of means not related to healthcare”.
Former deputy health minister, PiS MP Bolesław Piecha said that the system of healthcare financing needs to be decentralized and that the money for healthcare should go to provincial governors instead.
Piechta said that that the present centralized system does not guarantee the constitutional right for healthcare financed from public means.
“Presently neither government, nor health ministry is controlling the flow of financial means, Piecha said.
PiS's proposals also assume setting up a network of public and private hospitals which would have guaranteed contracts. In addition, the party has suggested increasing spending on healthcare form the current 4.2% to 6% of GDP, which would imply taxes rise.
Meanwhile, Poland's left-wing opposition party Demoratic Left Aliance (SLD) demanded the resignation of Health Minister Bartosz Arlukowicz, SLD spokesperson Dariusz Jonski told a news conference on Monday.