Locked content Sejm allocates PLN 125 mln for free medicine for Poles over 75

The Polish parliament (Sejm) has adopted a law on free medicine for seniors, and allocated PLN 125 million for the first year. According to the law, all patients aged 75 and above will receive free-of-charge medicine that is included in a separate listing on the medical refund list (the list will be...

Locked content NFZ: Spending has to increase to 6 percent of GDP

The Minister of Health Konstanty Radziwiłł said that spending for the National Health Service (NFZ) needs to be notably increased, ideally by as much as 6 percent of Poland’s GDP. In a discussion with PAP, the minister noted that he is a proponent of increasing healthcare spending, arguing tha...

Locked content Poles consumed less alcohol in 2014

In 2014, the average Pole drank 9.4 liters of pure alcohol, 0.27 liter less than in the previous year, according to a report by the Ministry of Health. The report also said that the level of beer and wine consumption increased, while the share of vodka in overall alcohol consumption declined. The nu...

Locked content Medical Marijuana to be legalized?

Patients and caregivers appealed to the Minister of Health to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The draft of an act on that matter was filed with the Ministry of Health by Janusz Palikot, a presidential candidate.  “This change will allow a doctor to prescribe medical marijuana,”...

Polish gov’t supports minimum alcohol pricing

The Polish government has supported the introduction of a common alcohol strategy during a meeting of ministers of health in Riga. The strategy included a commitment to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol and to ban alcohol advertisements, including beer, Polish daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna r...

Locked content Ministry of Health and primary care physicians at odds

Discussions between the Ministry of Health and an association of primary care physicians has come to a halt without a resolution. According to the physicians, clinics will not open on January 2. Puls Biznesu reported that as much as 40 percent of the countries primary health clinics may be closed du...