In recent days, the Polish government has been considering proposals to introduce a programme of free medicines for those over-65s. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Health Minister Adam Niedzielski have commented on the subject, announcing the possibility of extending the current benefits as early as September or October.
Currently, the free medicines programme only covers people over 75 years old, however Jarosław Kaczyński, president of the ruling Law and Justice party, has announced the extension of the benefit to people over 65 and under 18. This is to be decided by the government on the basis of legislative solutions to be adopted as early as June.
Prime Minister Morawiecki stressed that the extension of the free medicines programme aims to provide relief to both seniors and parents, who often face costs related to the treatment of their children. The introduction of such support is expected to provide financial relief and facilitate access to antibiotics and other medicines.
A final decision on the programme of free medicines for the over-65s is expected to be made in the next few weeks. The Law and Justice government is considering various options, including introducing the benefit from September or October, which is expected to improve healthcare for seniors.