Official explains new rules helping non-EU physicians work in Poland

In an interview with the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, deputy Health Minister Józefa Szczurek-Żelazko presented new regulations helping non-EU physicians start working in Poland. She said such rules were in force in many EU countries.

The official explained that the new regulations were based on the German health care system but admitted that it was not easy for non-EU doctors to receive a permit to work in Poland.

"First, if a non-EU doctor wants to start working in a concrete hospital, its manager has to confirm their readiness to employ them and give them a supervisor," she stated, adding that non-EU doctors have to speak Polish and must have a medical university diploma.

"They also must have a medical specialty and three years of experience in one type of medicine. (...) For the first 12 months they will be supervised by a Polish doctor. Such a person will be offered a work permit limited to a concrete facility and it will be granted for five years in one institution," she stated.

The official also explained that the amendment to the law on the medical profession regarding the conscience clause resulted from a 2015 verdict of the Constitutional Tribunal. In accordance with the amendment, a physician who refuses to provide certain medical services for reasons of religion or conscience will no longer have to inform a patient where such services are offered.

She added that all information regarding such medical procedures, like, for instance, abortion, are provided by the National Health Fund (NFZ).