Investments in health care with the use of EU funds

Original Article, Zdr Publ 2012;122(4): 370-376

MARZENA FURTAK-NICZYPORUK, PIOTR KSIĄŻEK, BARTŁOMIEJ DROP, EWA WARCHOŁ-SŁAWIŃSKA, ADAM FAŁKOWSKI, PIOTR OKOŃSKI

II Faculty of Medicine with the English Division, Department of Public Health, Medical University of Lublin

Abstract

Introduction. An important element in increasing citizens’ health security is to improve the health infrastructure, the standard of medical equipment and the effectiveness in health emergency. Financial resources from the EU funds turned out to be great support for the health care system. Especially important was the nationwide program Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment in which one of the priorities directly aimed at strengthening health security and improving the efficiency of the healthcare system in the area of investment in the health care of supra-regional importance, as well as for the broadly understood medical emergency services.
Aim. The aim of this study was to identify and analyze the support for investment in health care and their representation of in the country, resulting from the co-financing from the EU funds from the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment (OPIE), Priority 12 called “Health safety and improving the efficiency of the health care system”
Material and methods. Research material consisted of data from the National Information System of the Ministry of Regional Development, a report on the implementation of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment the data of Ministry of Health, available reports, analyses and evaluation studies, and subject literature.
Results. As part of the development of emergency medical services 346 ambulances were purchased, 52 hospital emergency wards and 66 landing sites for rescue helicopters were created or rebuilt. For the treatment of victims with severe injuries, 13 trauma centers for adults were created. In addition, there were purchased 13 170 pieces of equipment and medical apparatus, and 56 treatment facilities of supra-regional importance were expanded or renovated.
Conclusions. EU funds contributed to the improvement of services for patients requiring the assistance in sudden life-threatening conditions and provided the possibility of improving the quality of patient care requiring specialized equipment and medical apparatus, as well as increased the access to highly specialized medical procedures.

Keywords

EU funds, emergency medical services, health care infrastructure

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