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(From Polish News Bulletin)
Based on an article by Anna Monkos.
Presidential veto to the part of the Civic Platform (PO) bills reforming the public healthcare system was certain for quite some time. This applied especially to the reform flagship - the bill about transforming hospitals into commercial code companies. Regardless of whether the president opposed the reform for solely political reasons, or maybe Lech Kaczynski had real objections, the unsuccessful attempt to reform the healthcare system is Donald Tusk cabinet's greatest PR blunder, or perhaps even a series of mistakes and misunderstandings. - Commercialisation or Privatisation?
Political turmoil around privatisation of hospitals began during the election campaign. The PO announced "transformation of hospitals into commercial code companies through market appraisal of the value of healthcare institutions". The Law and Justice (PiS) politicians interpreted it as privatisation. Things were stirred up by the public presentation of the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) tapes showing the PO MP Beata Sawicka telling a CBA agent money is to be made in the public healthcare sector.
A wave of criticism was unavoidable. PiS scared people with the vision of private hospitals, which will require insurance and credit card numbers, before offering any help. The PiS Health Minister Zbigniew Religa …