Premier Mateusz Morawiecki: Health service is our priority, so we are increasing spending in this area

“Health service occupies an important place in the economy, especially in the age of population ageing,” said the Prime Minister inaugurating the panel “Investments in health and health economy – the country's health challenges in the context of economic development”, which took place at the 28th Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój.

Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

The Prime Minister emphasised that health service is a big challenge, both for the state budget and for each political party. “We have taken up this challenge very courageously. Health service is and will continue to be our priority.”

As examples of good changes in the health service, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out that “three years ago, less than 4% of GDP was spent on the health service; in 2019, 4.86% of GDP will be dedicated to this purpose.” He also emphasised that in the last three or four years, the number of full-time students has increased from 3,000 to 4,700.

The Prime Minister also spoke about the innovations which are implemented in the Polish health service. “From December, electronic prescription will be issued, i.e. e-prescriptions, soon afterwards electronic sick leaves, referrals,” he said. In these changes, the patient remains the most important, and, as the Prime Minister underlined, their aim is “to make the identification of patients better, to avoid irregularities and various kinds of abuses.”

The Prime Minister also referred to the costs incurred by the state in training physicians who later left the country. “After 1989, even 20,000–30,000 physicians have left Poland,” said Mateusz Morawiecki. He added that “in order to educate a physician, the state spends from PLN 500,000 to 1 million. If we multiply 30,000, or let us say 25,000 physicians by one million, it gives us PLN 25 billion. This means that Poland, a country which is still getting itself established, financed the health service of rich countries,” emphasised the Polish Prime Minister.

In conclusion, he said that the government had begun to change this trend and was the first to join the “basic, painstaking, positivist plan” for the health service.

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