ISSN: 1306 - 0015 • E-ISSN: 1308 - 6278
[Turk Pediatri Ars ]
Turk Pediatri Ars . 2020; 55(1): 63-68 | DOI: 10.14744/TurkPediatriArs.2020.90692

Healthcare for children and adolescents in Poland

Grazyna Hejda1, Artur Mazur2, Lukasz Dembinski3, Jaroslaw Peregud-Pogorzelski4, Teresa Jackowska5, Mieczyslaw Walczak6, Tomasz Szczepanski7
1Institute of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Rzeszow, Rzeszów, Poland
2Department of Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Diabetology, University of Rzeszow, Rzeszów, Poland
3Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
4Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Oncology, Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland
5Department of Pediatrics, Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education, Warsaw, Poland
6Department of Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Diabetology, Metabolic Diseases and Cardiology of the Developmental Age, Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland
7Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Zabrze, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland

Despite the constant tendency to decrease the number of births, children and adolescents account for one-fifth of the Polish population. Healthcare for children is free and it is organized similarly to the care for adult patients. In primary healthcare, children can be under the medical care of general practitioners, family physicians or pediatricians. In secondary and tertiary care, pediatricians or physicians with pediatric subspecialties provide medical services. The number of pediatricians and nurses is not sufficient and still differs from the European average. Nonetheless, population health indicators (e.g. infant mortality rate) are constantly improving, and despite the strong influence of the anti-vaccine movements, 90% of children are vaccinated according to the schedule.

Keywords: Adolescents, services, subspecialties

Grazyna Hejda, Artur Mazur, Lukasz Dembinski, Jaroslaw Peregud-Pogorzelski, Teresa Jackowska, Mieczyslaw Walczak, Tomasz Szczepanski. Healthcare for children and adolescents in Poland. Turk Pediatri Ars . 2020; 55(1): 63-68

Sorumlu Yazar: Artur Mazur, Poland
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