Only six European health care systems are assessed worse than the Polish system according to the latest Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI) report. The report compares health care systems every year, focusing mainly on the issues most important for the patients. EHCI is exceptional because the assessment, also for Poland, is made by independent foreign experts.
In its resolution of 13 March 2012, the Supreme Court stated that costs of assistance in pre-trial proceedings cannot be automatically reimbursed to victims of accidents caused by the perpetrator and covered with the perpetrator’s liability insurance.
Poles are increasingly willing to purchase insurance policies via the direct channel. In accordance with earlier forecasts of the Polish Insurance Association, the value of that market in Poland as at the end of 2011 exceeded PLN 1 billion for the first time in history.
The regulations included in the Act on patients’ rights, in force since the beginning of this year, include the right to seek damages relating to medical events more quickly and at a low cost. The costs of such a system, in accordance with the provisions of the Act, will be borne by hospitals — regardless of whether the insurance obligation exists or not.
In the justification of the resolution of 17 November 2011, the Supreme Court stated that each case of reimbursing costs of renting a substitute vehicle had to be examined on an individual basis and the insurer was only obliged to reimburse adequate and economically justified costs.
According to data compiled by the Polish Insurance Association throughout the last three quarters of this year, insurers paid out PLN 10.3 billion as compensation to their customers. Benefits provided under life insurance reached PLN 19.4 billion. Both within life and non-life insurance markets, we can observe an increasing premium income.
On 24 November 2011 in Pure Sky Club, the ceremony of awarding prizes in the competitions of the PIU — for journalists and students — was held. Below: a gallery of photographs of that event.
Robert Lidke became this year’s “Insurance Journalist of the Year”. In the 8th edition of the Competition for journalists, the Management Board of the PIU decided to award his programmes broadcast by Polskie Radio Program I and TV Biznes for their interesting and professional way of presenting current insurance issues.
The value of direct market in Poland is likely to exceed PLN 1 billion at the end of this year. Data on sales via the telephone and the Internet, presented by the PIU for the first time, show that after the first half of this year, premium collected in this market exceeds PLN 500 million.