The future of healthcare in Poland is uncertain. The country is facing a double challenge: tackle existing and growing health inequalities and foster innovation to convert healthcare into a competitive advantage and enhance the potential for excellence.
These challenges are well recognized at EU level and significant funding has already been made available for improving health infrastructure in Poland. Funds from the EU’s Cohesion Policy will continue to address healthcare investments in the coming planning period, but future healthcare expenditure will need to be targeted on driving system improvements and efficiencies. More needs to be done with less.
This is a unique moment of opportunity for Poland to focus policy support and investment towards the healthcare sector, to enhance the competitive advantages and potential for excellence of this sector by supporting all forms of innovation that address present challenges and foster a top–in class sustainable healthcare system.
To ensure that Polish healthcare system will achieve its full potential and financial sustainability in the coming years, all stakeholders need to take collaborative actions now.