New maps of health needs published

The Ministry of Health on 29 December 2017 published maps of health needs for a further 15 disease groups (so-called B module). There are maps for individual voivodships and for the country as a whole.

The maps concern the following diseases and conditions: eye and the surrounding structures; metabolic; skin; non-neoplastic conditions of men’s genital system; women’s urogenital system; kidney and urinary tract; liver, bile ducts and pancreas (excluding malignant and benign tumours); upper gastrointestinal tract (excluding malignant and benign tumours); lower gastrointestinal tract (excluding malignant and benign tumours); nose, paranasal sinuses, ears, throat and larynx; viral hepatitis; HIV; other infectious diseases; oral cavity and dental care; symptoms, injuries, poisonings and other effects of external causes.

The Ministry of Health began implementing maps of health needs in 2015. They are a decision support tool intended to inform decisions regarding public investments in healthcare infrastructure and the awarding of contracts for health services.

The Ministry published maps for an initial 15 disease groups (so-called module A) in December 2016, and for solid malignant tumours and heart diseases in December 2015. Those maps covered hospital care, specialist ambulatory care and primary care. Also, in April 2016 separate maps for hospital care were published.

Also on 29 December the Ministry published an additional map for the Module A disease groups that covers sanatorium medicine.