Polish health care system is based on the model of the health insurance. The health insurance is necessary to obtain medical services free of charge.
The health care is provided by NarodowyFunduszZdrowia (NFZ; eng. Polish National Health Fund). If you work legally and have the insurance, the majority of the medical services and appointments at the doctors is covered by that fund. The patients only cover a partial or total cost of the medicines, but they do not pay for the appointments, diagnostic tests, or any operations.
It should be noted that the fund does not cover the costs of hiring translators for patients. Hence, it is advisable to look for a doctor with whom you will be able to communicate without problems. Eventually, you can ask a Polish friend for help or seek the assistance of some non-governmental organisation that supports migrants.
When you go to the doctor, you should take with you all former diagnostic tests and medical documentation if you have any (even if the documentation is not written in Polish).
If you want to go to the specialist, you need a referral – it can be obtained at the family doctor (general practitioner). The referral is not required if you want to go to the gynaecologist or obstetrician, oncologist, dermatologist, venereologist, oculist or psychiatrist.
Here you will find some information about pediatricians: Treatment
If you need help in case of emergency (accidents, fractures, wounds or other situations that require a quick intervention of a doctor), you should contact the ambulance service at the hospital:
The ambulance service 999
Emergency telephone number(operating on the whole territory of Poland) 112
If your case does not require calling the ambulance service, but you need help, you can contact an emergency health centre. Below, you fill find the addresses of the health centres that admit patients in case of emergency:
POZNAŃ-WILDA, 28 CZERWCA 1956, 194
POZNAŃ-JEŻYCE, DĄBROWSKIEGO 81/85
POZNAŃ-GRUNWALD, RYCERSKA 10
POZNAŃ-GRUNWALD, KASPRZAKA 16
POZNAŃ-STARE MIASTO, SZEWSKA 5
POZNAŃ-STARE MIASTO, AL.SOLIDARNOŚCI 36
POZNAŃ-STARE MIASTO, OS. MARYSIEŃKI 25
POZNAŃ-NOWE MIASTO, OS.RZECZYPOSPOLITEJ 6
POZNAŃ, BLACHARSKA 2
Here you will find detailed information about the insurance and the health care:
1. The ABC's of Healthcare EXTRACT FOR FOREIGNERS: Healthcare
2. Important information in different languages: Health insurance