Since the reforms that were initiated in the late 1980s and through the 1990s, Poland has been a popular medical tourism destination to reckon with. Taking advantage of the robust tourism industry, the Polish government is taking measures like the reorganization of the healthcare system and the creation of a network of healthcare providers and subsidiaries, to leverage the growing medical tourism industry in the country. Poland has a well-established healthcare system that is ranked 50th by the World Health Organization, way ahead of countries like India, Philippines and Mexico that stand at 112th, 60th and 61st positions respectively.
The Polish Ministry of Health is responsible for the management and regulation of the country’s healthcare system. It is supported by the various regional branches of the National Health Fund (NHF) in its endeavor to ensure that healthcare and medical facilities are accessible to all citizens as well as medical tourists. Private hospitals and clinics are also present in the country, with many qualified doctors and surgeons offering specialized services. They function as supplementary organizations for the well-established public healthcare sector.
With considerable funds from the European Union (EU) and the establishment of the Polish Medical Tourism Consortium, Poland is on the threshold of making huge leaps in the field of medical tourism.
Hospital and doctor standards in Poland
Doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals are qualified and very well trained to cater to the various medical needs of patients. Besides being affiliated to and providing quality services in hospitals and clinics, doctors in Poland are also known to make house calls, especially when dealing with children, pregnant women, the elderly and the chronically ill.
Doctors and supporting staff working in hospitals that are certified by the Polish Association of Medical Tourism are very well versed with English and are abreast with the latest developments in the field of medicine. These hospitals also have multi-lingual media, with magazines, brochures, pamphlets and even hospital signage adapted to suit the needs of medical tourists.
Medical institutions, especially in the larger cities have the best infrastructure and are equipped with the latest and the most advanced medical equipment, the import of which has risen by more than 20 percent in 2013. This is an indication of the attention that is being paid to acquiring the best possible medical equipment by hospitals in Poland. Some of the hospitals and clinics that offer the best healthcare services and medical treatments include Carolina Medical Center, Medicover Hospital, Indexmedica, American Heart of Poland, Mavit Medical Center, Orchid Clinic, KMC Clinic and Aesthetic Plastic surgery. They offer a range of specialized and top-notch medical services including cosmetic procedures, dental treatments, heart surgeries, joint replacements, rehabilitation, eye treatments and fertility treatments.
There is a referral system that connects the various hospitals and clinics of the country. Referrals are based on various criteria, including the degree of specialization that is required for a specific case.
The healthcare system in Poland also places emphasis on alternative treatments like spa treatments and wellness centers. Traditionally considered a spa destination with abundant natural resources like natural hot springs, mineral waters and therapeutic mud, spas in the country are a part of the Polish culture. In addition to this, wellness resorts and centers provide the requisite facilities for a complete rejuvenating experience.
Though healthcare services and medical treatments are highly affordable in Poland, hospitals and clinics here do not compromise on the quality of care or service provided.
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