Price of Health

Willing to Pay?

Willing to Pay?

Due to the long waiting times and poor quality of services offered by the Polish National Health Service (NFZ), the number of Poles opting for private health insurance is increasing rapidly. At the end of March 2015, over 1.2m Poles had taken out a private health insurance policy. In the first quarter of the year, the number of policies sold was 32% higher than in the corresponding period of 2014. According to the Polish Insurance Association, over 1m Poles have additional group insurance, while another 200,000 have taken out individual policies. Among the reasons for the growing interest in non-compulsory insurance are long waiting times for free-of-charge doctor appointments, especially with specialists. Research by Watch Health Care suggests that the average waiting time for an appointment is over 11 weeks. “Poles appreciate the comfort of having instant access to doctors and health care, which insurance companies can provide,” says Dorota M. Fal, health insurance adviser to the Polish Insurance Association. Experts are convinced that the insurance sector will continue to develop dynamically in the foreseeable future. This is mostly due to the growing affluence of society, which allows patients to choose between waiting and paying.


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