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Health care in Poland - Statistics & Facts

Since 2010 annual health expenditure per capita in Poland has increased year-on-year, as in 2018 approximately 3,503 zloty was spent per person on health. The number of practicing physicians per 1,000 inhabitants was 2.38 in 2017, although the number of nurses has steadily increased since 2012. Additionally, the amount of hospital beds in Poland has remained relatively stable since 2010, staying at approximately 252 thousand.

The infant mortality rate in Poland has decreased significantly since 2008. In 2018 the figure was 3.8 deaths per 1,000 births. The life expectancy at birth in 2017 was 77.85 years. There has been a slight increase to this figure since 2007 when it was approximately 75 years. Almost 30 percent of adults are living with a chronic disease such as hypertension. However, the most prevalent cause of death in 2017 was circulatory diseases as it was responsible for 353 deaths per 100,000 people.

Although more than half of Poles visited their general practitioner in the last six months , there is little faith among the Polish population towards their health services. Only 14 percent of people surveyed would rate the quality of healthcare they have access to as good, while every third Pole claimed that the quality of treatment was worse than in 2014.

While only 7 percent of respondents in Poland have encountered telemedicine, 40 percent indicated that they would be happy to use it in future. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, over 43 percent of Poles used telemedicine, such as telephone or online consultations.

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