Poland in EU
Poland is a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004. From 1 July 2011, Poland served the six-monthly Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Since the end of 2007 passport checks on the Polish border with Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Lithuania were abolished, all thanks to the enlargement of the Schengen area that included nine new countries, including Poland. In view of the Polish presence in the European structures, Poland has had to adapt legislation and standards to European standards. This also applies to medical care.
Provisions for providing benefits residents of the EU and EFTA govern the regulation of the European Parliament for the coordination of social security systems (primarily Regulation of the European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 of 29 April 2004 on the coordination of social security systems). These rules are the same for all member countries and govern the treatment of residents of one Member State in another.
Under those provisions a person insured under the general insurance system of their country (or counterpart NFZ) and their family members residing in another Member State than their own are entitled to benefits which are necessary for medical reasons during their stay. This means that they are entitled to benefits in emergency or life-threatening states. Benefits shall be provided in accordance with the laws of the country where they are staying in such a way as if the persons concerned were insured in that country. This rule applies to persons who are staying temporarily in the country - for example on holiday.
Conversely, if the foreigners living in Poland, are not insured, but are in possession of appropriate forms authorizing the granting of benefits (E121, E109, E106, S1), are entitled to benefits in full accordance with local regulations. So, the benefits will be granted not only to emergency and life-threatening cases, but also can use the primary care physician, specialist, rehabilitation, dental, etc. If foreigners want to come to Polish solely for the purpose of planned treatment they must have consent of their insurer. Such consent shall be granted in situations where the provision is not made in a country of such person or the waiting time for its implementation is too long taking into account his state of health and disease. If a foreigner is allowed to treatment outside their own country, in the target country is treated as its citizen, which means that the insurancecompany will be able to enjoy these benefits, which are reimbursed in Poland.
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Poland in EU