Wprowadzenie dopłat pacjentów do świadczeń opieki zdrowotnej finansowanych ze środków publicznych – opinie głównych uczestników polskiego systemu opieki zdrowotnej

Stanisława Golinowska,

Marzena Tambor,

Christoph Sowada


Introduction of patient payments for publicly financed health care services – opinions of the main Polish health care system’s stakeholders

Introduction of patient payments for publicly financed health care services – opinions of the main Polish health care system’s stakeholders

During the last decades many European governments have introduced patient payments in their public health care system with the aim to improve efficiency of health care provision, contain overall health care expenditure, and also to generate additional resources. In Poland, since 1999 patients have met formal payment obligations when they use dental services. Though introduction of formal patient payments for primary care services, out-patient specialists’ services and hospital services has been discussed, such payments do not exist. Empirical evidence suggests that the successful implementation of patient payments, to a large extent, depends upon public acceptance and political consensus. The paper presents the results of study on attitudes towards formal patient payments for publicly financed health care services, among different groups of Polish health care system’s stakeholders (health care consumers, providers, insurers and policy makers). The data are collected via focus group discussions and in-depth interviews carried out in Poland in June–October 2009 as part of project ASSPRO CEE 2007. The results are used to out-line policy recommendations.

Słowa kluczowe: dopłaty pacjentów, reforma systemu opieki zdrowotnej, Polska

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