In line with the cross-border health care directive, Polish patients will be able to travel to other EU countries to receive planned medical treatment as of October 25, writes Gazeta Wyborcza.

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.”