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Outpatient specialist care

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Outpatient healthcare consists in providing health care services to persons who don’t require 24-hour or all-day treatment. The services guaranteed under outpatient specialist care are provided in specialist clinics in cases resulting from health condition (also at the patient’s home) by a qualified physician or by another person who is authorised to provide specialist health services.

Guaranteed services include diagnostic and treatment operations (including tests of biological material), within the scope necessary to provide services in accordance with the current medical knowledge.

Healthcare provider provides the patient with the following guaranteed services free of charge:

  • diagnostic tests;
  • drugs and medical devices.

Outpatient specialist services are provided on the basis of a referral given by a health insurance physician.

The referral is not required for services provided by:

  • gynecologist and obstetrician;
  • dentist;
  • dermatologist;
  • venereologist;
  • oncologist;
  • ophthalmologist;
  • psychiatrist,

and:

  • for persons with tuberculosis;
  • for persons with HIV;
  • for persons injured in war and military veterans, for the persecuted and combatants;
  • for blind civil victims of war activities;
  • for persons addicted to alcohol, intoxicants and psychotropic substances – with regard to rehabilitation treatment;
  • for an authorised soldier or employee with regard to the treatment of injuries or diseases acquired while performing tasks outside the state borders;
  • for injured veterans with regard to the treatment of injuries or diseases acquired while performing tasks outside the state borders.

Rozporządzenie Ministra Zdrowia z dnia 6 listopada 2013 r. w sprawie świadczeń gwarantowanych z zakresu ambulatoryjnej opieki specjalistycznej (Dz.U. z 2013 r., poz. 1413)

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is an office of government administration serving the Minister of Health.

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