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Factsheet for measure PL-2022-10/2389 – measures in Poland
|Country||Poland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 March 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to healthcare
|Author||Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)|
|Measure added||20 May 2022 (updated 02 March 2023)|
As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which started on 24 February 2022, many people entered Poland to seek refuge. The LUX MED Group decided to offer free urgent medical assistance to all the refugees from Ukraine after the start of the war because initially their access to healthcare was not guaranteed by the law. It was later regulared by the Special Act issued on 12 March 2022.
LUX MED, a private healthcare provider, offers free urgent medical assistance to citizens of Ukraine and people of other nationalities who came from Ukraine. It is required that a refugee has a valid certificate issued by the Border Guard of the Republic of Poland or an imprint of the stamp of the Border Guard of the Republic of Poland in the travel document, confirming the legal stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland, after crossing the border from February 24, 2022. The clinics offer help with emergency situations, acute infectious diseases, chronic diseases, pregnancies, vaccinations and emergency dental help.
In July 2022, LUX MED reported that it had assisted around 100,000 people from Ukraine in the five months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The company continues to support refugees from Ukraine in 2023, with availability depending on the region of the country.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities||Q86 Human health activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2022), Free healthcare offered by LUX MED for refugees from Ukraine, measure PL-2022-10/2389 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2022-10_2389.html
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