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Health Care Management Science

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 281–286 | Cite as

The definition of prices for inpatient care in Poland in the absence of cost data

  • Adam KozierkiewiczEmail author
  • Maciej Stamirski
  • Waldemar Stylo
  • Wojciech Trąbka
Article

Abstract

The health reform of 1999 in Poland introduced market-like relations in the health care sector. The oligopsonic and the current monopsomic position of the payer makes prices for health care products purchased in this quasi-market low and does not usually take into account the costs of production. Despite a long history of cost calculation in the system, a systematic and reliable assessment of costs is still lacking which would help in setting up fair financing. At the same time providers complain about the dictatorship of the National Health Fund (NHF) yet they rarely resign from contracts with the NHF when they have the chance to conclude one.

Keywords

Universal health insurance Health services Inpatient care Hospital financing Costing health services Pricing health care services Hospital payment methods 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Kozierkiewicz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maciej Stamirski
    • 1
  • Waldemar Stylo
    • 1
  • Wojciech Trąbka
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Public HealthJagiellonian University Medical CollegeKrakowPoland

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