You can define a healthcare system as high quality when all kind of resources such as medical, human, infrastructural, financial are organized in most efficient way. It means that society’s needs regarding prevention, health promotion, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation are fully satisfied and that the care meets the requirements of safety, efficiency and effectiveness.
Before planning your medical travel to Poland, you are probably curious how it looks like overseas in the constantly developing but post-socialist country. Well, at first do not forget that Poland is a member of European Union, and the highest standards of medical care are legally regulated. Issues concerning the quality of health care in Poland are included i.a. in laws, regulations and ordinances, particularly in:
- Regulations of Medical Activity – including the detailed specific requirements met by rooms and equipment of the entity performing medical activities
- Regulation on health care services financed from public funds (including the benefits guaranteed),
- Regulation on reimbursement of medicines, foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses, medical products and State Emergency Medical Services.
The quality of the medical service provided consists of:
- Standards of housing / medical procedures area conditions – in Poland greatest part of public hospitals are recently renovated and rebuild with the help of EU funds. The private healthcare sector is very modern as the competition is high.
- Standards of equipment of medical devices – these are required if the institution provides medical services. Medical devices need to have a valid guarantee and certificates. Hospitals and private clinics owe the devices produced by internationally accredited medical companies such as among others General Electric’s, Samsung, Skytron, Practidose and so on.
- Standards of staff education and qualification – Polish medical education system is one of the most challenging in the World. Nurses need to have a university degree, and their program of studies is divided into two levels – 3 years bachelor and 2 years master studies to achieve a title master of nursing. They also need to do many extra courses. Doctor’s education is long and challenging. First, general part of studies lasts for 6 years. After this time a graduate has to undergo an obligatory internship in the hospital which lasts 13 months. To become a specialist the graduate needs to make a specialization in a particular medical field. The whole education from the beginning of studies till becoming a Specialised Doctor takes about 15- 20 years.
European medical tourists and media rate Polish health care as excellent – Danish, Swedish and German visitors are enthusiastic about conditions and superb care received from Polish Doctors and medical staff as well as hospitals, SPAs and sanatoriums itself.
The national health found called NFZ (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia) is similar to NHS (National Health Found in Great Britain). NFZ works as a national standard insurance system and although it is not obligatory only 2% of citizens are not included in this coverage. For instance, unemployed are also entitled to receive medical care under NFZ. In Britain, if you are a British resident usually you also get the right to health insurance.
As other countries Polish medical care system also faces problems. In Poland waiting time for refunded surgeries or visits by specialists is quite long, that is why people often use a private medical care despite the fact that they do have national health insurance. Doctors and medical staff complain about low incomes which are a contradiction to their high investments in education.
Concluding, the level of medicinal quality in Poland is really high, there are many excellent specialists and diagnostic devices, but if you want to get a quick and effortless appointment, then we recommend private health care units. You can usually check all the certificates of the clinic and Doctors on their websites, in their entrance halls or during the personal talk.