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Polish health minister announces free medications for seniors

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Nick Hodge 03.12.2015 18:14
Poland’s health minister Konstanty Radziwiłł has said that legislation covering free medications for seniors – one of his party's key election pledges - is “almost ready”.
Health Minister Konstanty Radziwiłł. Photo: PAP/Leszek SzymańskiHealth Minister Konstanty Radziwiłł. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański

Various medications at no cost will be available to all citizens aged above 75 years, the health minister assured at a press conference on Thursday.

He added that measures have been taken to avoid abuse of the service, e.g. a non-senior using a senior to acquire medication.

The ruling Law and Justice party made a campaign promise to provide free medications for seniors prior to the 25 October election.

Assessing the current National Health Fund (NFZ) as an unfriendly bureaucratic institution causing obstacles between patients and medical staff, Radziwiłł claimed “this barrier must disappear.”

Radziwiłł said that health contributions will remain unchanged.

The Health Ministry will invite experts in the field of medicine to consultations, most likely next week. (ua/nh/rk)

Source: PAP

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