The Maps of Healthcare Needs are documents presenting data, analyses, and forecasts in text, tables, and charts. They establish the health needs of individual regions and the entire country, specifying – for example – the forecasted number of specific diseases in the given region and how much of the associated benefits the health care establishments will be able to fulfil.

The Maps include statistical data concerning the demographic and epidemiological situation as well as human and equipment resources and services provided by healthcare providers within the given area. This data is used to prepare forecasts and to draw conclusions and recommendations to facilitate healthcare planning, to ensure the assumed investments to correspond to the actual needs.

The data used to develop Maps come from the National Health Fund, the Central Statistical Office and other sources, including the National Register of Tumours or the Register of Health Care Providers.

As a collection of analyses and recommendations, the Maps of Healthcare Needs are a tool which assists healthcare decision makers, on a regional and national level. This decisions may concern e.g. investments, changes to offered services and benefit contraction, creation of purchase plans or development of the basic benefit package.

The Maps of Healthcare Needs constitute a database useful for institutions and individuals in executive and investment healthcare decisions. This includes representatives of public administration: the Ministry of Health, the National Health Fund Centre and its regional offices, or voivodeship and marshals offices, as well as service providers, i.e. the owners and executives of public and commercial healthcare entities.

The Maps of Healthcare Needs are developed by the Department of Analyses and Strategies of the Ministry of Health by a team of specialists in economic modelling and statistical analysis – statisticians, programmers and data analysts.

The Maps are approved by medical experts (practicing physicians, national and regional consultants) and public healthcare experts of institutions such as the Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Tarification, the National Institute of Public Health, or the National Health Fund.

The Maps of Healthcare Needs are prepared pursuant to the natinal legislation – The Act on Publicly Founded Healthcare Services, as well as in the strategic european documents (see: The National Strategic Framework. Policy Paper for Healthcare for Years 2014-2020. ).

The following Maps categories have been prepared and published:

  • hospital maps,
  • cardiological maps,
  • oncological maps,
  • maps for 30 disease groups.

All of maps are prepared individually for regions (voivodeships) and for the entire country. See the Maps examples.

The statutory (alternatively ward or hospitalisation) maps are those subject to mandatory publication pursuant to the law of 27 August 2004 on health care benefits financed with public resources (Journal of Laws of 2016 item 1793 as amended) and the transitional provisions established in the law of 22 July 2014 on amending the law on health care benefits financed with public resources and certain other laws.

The maps for disease groups (so-called European, project) are documents to the development of which the minister of health undertook upon negotiations with the European Commission (so-called ex-ante condition), which is recognised in the document entitled “Policy Paper for health care for the years 2014-2020. National Strategic Framework”. The lists presented in these maps for specific benefit providers are presented by disease groups.

The Database of Systemic and Implementation Analyses is an online platform allowing for practical use of the analyses included in the Maps of Healthcare Needs.

The European Social Fund (ESF) is one of the five major funds used by the European Union to support the social and economic development of all its member states. Its financial resources are invested in humans resources.

The Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development is one of six national programmes carried out in the years 2014 – 2020. It is funded with the resources of the European Social Fund. Its objectives include strengthening of the institutional potential and effectiveness of public administration.