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Healtcare crisis?
January 2, 2018   
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Polish hospitals, particularly smaller ones, are facing paralysis as of January 1, as many physicians terminated the so-called opt-out options allowing them to work over 48 hours weekly.
The move resulted in many hospitals postponing medical procedures. The doctors decided to terminate the opt-out options in a protest against Health Ministry's failure to promise a fast ramp-up of healthcare spending to 6.8% of GDP.
Moreover, Poles may face reduced access to specialist physicians, as the National Health Fund will grant most contracts for services provided by such doctors to health centers adjacent to hospital. That can reduce access to specialists particularly for patients from smaller towns and rural areas. Admittedly, Poles visit specialist physicians more often than other nationalities.
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