It is not a secret that the healthcare sector is facing numerous problems, especially of a financial nature. Over the past few years, the prevention segment has been particularly affected. This is evident in the number of healthcare policy programs submitted to the Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Tariffication. While in 2017 there were 401 cases, in 2021 there were only 124. To make matters worse, this number decreased to 86 in 2022.
Local governments are struggling with limited resources for preventive healthcare. This situation can have a negative impact on the health and well-being of patients. Superficial savings on preventive examinations can later result in the need for invasive and expensive surgeries. The lack of sufficient funds for prevention is one of the consequences of lower revenues available to local governments.