Poland spending more on healthcare: PM
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A well-functioning healthcare system is “a priority of national importance,” which is why health spending is growing steadily in Poland, the country’s prime minister has said.
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In a message to participants of a conference in Warsaw on Tuesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that public spending on healthcare was set to exceed PLN 100 billion (EUR 23.5 billion, USD 27 billion) this year, up from PLN 73 billion in 2014.
Healthcare expenditure in Poland will increase to at least 6 percent of GDP by 2024 under legislation passed by the country’s parliament and greenlighted by President Andrzej Duda last summer.
Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski said during Tuesday’s conference that Poles did not want a revolution in healthcare, but gradual change that would not turn the system upside down, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.
“Poles want us to repair the system successively, day after day, month after month, year after year," Szumowski said during the "Together for Health" debate, as quoted by the news agency.
"And this is exactly what we are doing and will continue to do—in part owing to the fact that we have the money for that,” he added.
Polish Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski speaks at the "Together for Health" conference in Warsaw on Tuesday. Photo: PAP/Marcin Obara
Polish Radio was a media partner of Tuesday’s debate, which was the last in a series of six such conferences brainstorming ways of improving the country’s healthcare system.