Polish MPs approve new rules for coordinated healthcare
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Doctors, nurses and midwives will form teams to ensure coordinated treatment for patients under new primary healthcare rules approved by Poland’s lawmakers.
Poland's Health Minister Konstanty Radziwiłł speaks in the Sejm, the lower house of parliament, on Friday. Photo: PAP/Tomasz Gzell
The government's primary healthcare bill passed the lower house of the country’s parliament on Friday, with 229 MPs voting for, 198 opposing, and two abstaining.
Under the new rules, a patient's treatment will be coordinated by a primary care provider, a general practitioner who will guide the patient through any further stages of the national healthcare system for additional procedures, the health ministry says.
The primary care physician will work closely with specialist doctors taking care of the patient, for example during his or her stay in a hospital, according to the health ministry.
The new rules are intended to provide patients with preventive healthcare appropriate to their age and gender, as well as diagnostic and specialist consultations in accordance with their individual treatment plans, the health ministry says.
The introduction of the new system will be preceded by a pilot programme that will run until December 31, 2019, officials said.