By the end of 2018, there were 2.6 million Poles, who purchased private health insurance, a number exceeding 2.5 million for the first time in history, Polish Insurance Association (PIU) reports.
2018 preliminary figures for Polish insurance market show that the non-life accident segment grew by 0.26% in GWP terms, while non-life insurance for sickness increased by almost 30% in GWP last year. While health insurance specific to the non-life sector held about a 4% share in total market GWP, health insurance in the life sector reached almost 10% weight in total market GWP.
PIU says that interest in private health insurance will continue to grow in the future and the main reasons Poles choose a private health insurance plan in the first place is the faster access to a doctor and the better conditions offered by private hospitals compared to public health facilities (which have previously received media attention for irregularities). Also, a majority of big companies operating in Poland offer their employees private health insurance, private hospital subscriptions or coupons for medical care as a benefit, and this trend will continue to arise.
In September 2018, PIU conducted a study under the name “Financing the Healthcare of Employees” (original title: “Finansowanie opieki zdrowotnej pracownikow”), and found valuable information about Polish views of the healthcare system and private health insurance products. Here are a few of the study results: …