Poles’ expenditure on private health insurance amounted to over PLN 430 million in the first half of 2019, which means an increase of 12% y/y, according to data from the Polish Insurance Association (PIU). As of the end of June this year, private health insurance had been bought by over 2.7 million people, i.e. 20% more than a year earlier.
The PIU notes that Poles see health protection as a priority, hence the growing desire to take out insurance. In addition, private healthcare services (not covered by insurance, paid for out of the pocket) are becoming more and more expensive. According to GUS’s data cited by the PIU, in July this year medical services were 5.6% more expensive than a year earlier. Queues to specialists in many specialties are still getting longer.