June saw a sharp rise in the number of seniors who received reimbursement for medications from the S list (for persons aged over 75 years) – and a similarly strong rise in government spending on the programme, according to Ministry of Health data obtained by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.
Nearly 1.1 million seniors benefitted from the programme in June. This is a record high and compares to 800,000-900,000 in a typical month so far.
Refunds amounted to PLN 42.7m (€10m) in June, an increase of PLN 9m (€2m) or 27% compared with May 2017.
2017 is the first full year of the programme. Its budget for this year has been set at PLN 564m (€133m). There are plans to increase the budget steadily in the years ahead to reach over PLN 1.2bn (€282m) in 2025.
The Ministry of Health estimates that some 2 million people have benefitted from the programme since its implementation in September 2016, saving a combined PLN 310m (€73m).