What is healthcare in Poland like?

Facilities and Health Information:

Adequate medical care is available in Poland, but hospital facilities and nursing support are not comparable to American standards. Physicians are generally well trained, but specific emergency services may be lacking in certain regions, especially in Poland's small towns and rural areas. Younger doctors generally speak English, but nursing staff usually do not. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. Medications are generally available, although they may not be specific U.S. brand-name drugs.

Drinking Water Source - % of urban population improved:

100%

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

0.1%

Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population:

6.6

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

27,000

Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population:

2.07

Diseases - note:

highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has been identified in this country; it poses a negligible risk with extremely rare cases possible among US citizens who have close contact with birds

Sanitation Facility Access - % of total population unimproved:

10.5%

Sanitation Facility Access - % of urban population improved:

95.7%

Sanitation Facitlity Access - % of rural population improved:

79.7%

Infectious Diseases - degree of risk:

intermediate

Vectorborne Disease (s):

tickborne encephalitis

Disability Access In Poland

Accessibility:

While in Poland, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from that in the United States. The law prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment, education, access to health care, and the provision of other state services. Although the government generally enforces these provisions, the social acceptance of persons with disabilities is not as prevalent as in the United States.

The law requires buildings to be accessible for persons with disabilities. Other laws require retrofitting of existing buildings to provide accessibility. In Warsaw and other major cities, public buildings and transportation generally are accessible. Outside of major metropolitan areas, accessibility is less available.

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