New review of Poland’s health system indicates positive changes in the face of certain persistent problems

Jagiellonian University/Michal Zabdyr-Jamroz

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies has released a new review of the Polish health system as part of its Health Systems in Transition (HiT) series. The launch took place in Warsaw on 12 June 2019 during the 7th Congress Health Summit, hosted by the National Institute of Public Health–National Institute of Hygiene (NIZP–PZH).

The review highlights important positive developments in the Polish health system, such as efforts to improve primary care coordination and the introduction of health technology and investment evaluation. It also details several long-standing issues, including hospital indebtedness, over-reliance on inpatient care and health workforce shortages, all of which will continue to put pressure on the health sector in years to come.