The treatment will be refunded by the National Health Fund (NFZ), according to the country’s guidelines. However, the government is worried that when “thousands of angry patients [who currently have to wait for months to see a specialist] head abroad” for care, the NFZ budget will be quickly spent.
As a result, the Ministry of Health plans to introduce restrictions to discourage Poles from seeking healthcare abroad including a compulsory foreign treatment referral from a Polish doctor and restricting refunds to only treatments and drugs reimbursed by the NFZ. The daily notes that if these amendments are not passed before October 25 - which is unlikely - “Brussels may impose a fine on Poland of several thousand euros for each day of delay.”
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