Poland to allocate more funds for oncology hospitals

The head of the National Health Fund called on patients not to delay visiting a hospital despite the pandemic. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Poland is to increase funding to cancer hospitals by 3 percent, the head of the National Health Fund (NFZ) said on Wednesday.

Filip Nowak told a press conference that the additional funding will "increase the safety of oncology patients.

“This is 3 percent for all hospitals that operate on the basis of oncology certification and for hospitals that are of particular importance on the country's oncological map, which are providing large number of health procedures," he said.

"We all want patients not to give up treatment or oncological diagnostics."

Nowak called on patients not to delay visiting a hospital despite the pandemic.

"Oncology hospitals are the safest facilities today when it comes to covid protection, and today's decision guarantees even greater protection against infection," Nowak said.