Calls for higher fees on parents not vaccinating children

According to lawyers participating in the conference, raising the fee would not violate citizens’ equal access to publicly financed health benefits. Photo: Pexels

Over 250 physicians and lawyers participating in the seventh All-Polish Medical Law Congress postulated an increase in national health insurance fees from parents who refuse the obligatory vaccination of their children.

“[Parents’] refusal to benefit from the obligatory vaccination of children is a wilful decision to increase the threat of contagious diseases and their complications’ [spreading]. Everyone [who decides not to vaccinate] should... bear the consequences because the expenses for the treatment of the resulting diseases will be publicly funded, which is something to be reckoned with,” said doctor Marcin Mikos of the Polish Society of Medical Law (PTPM).

The PTPM would like to see an increase in the national health insurance fees parents pay for unvaccinated children. “We estimate that such persons’ fee should be increased by 3 percent and amount to 12 percent,” said Mr Mikos.

A Pole’s average salary as of September 2018 amounted to PLN 4,798.3 (EUR 1,121). Therefore, an average salary-earning parent who decides not to vaccinate his or her child would have to pay PLN 575.8 (EUR 135), which is PLN 143.95 (EUR 34) more than a person who vaccinated his or her child.

According to lawyers participating in the conference, raising the fee would not violate citizens’ equal access to publicly financed health benefits. The conference’s participants have submitted their proposal to the Patient Ombudsman Bartłomiej Chmielowski and the health minister Łukasz Szumowski.

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