According to PMR’s analysis, there are nearly 21,000 health-conscious institutions in Poland. However, there are problems with accessing specialist doctors in almost every region. Some areas are better organized, others are worse. What is the reason for this? It seems that the main problem is not the number of outpatient clinics, but their inadequacy to the number of inhabitants, number of physicians and financing in particular regions of Poland. In order to thoroughly examine the potential of a given region, it is necessary to take into account all these factors.
Today we are taking a closer look at Lower Silesia. In total, the Lower Silesian Voivodship is the fifth in Poland in terms of the number of centres with outpatient clinics or AOS. However, its potential still seems to be quite high, in the light of PMR’s demographic forecasts.
In total, there are nearly 1.6 thousand centres with an outpatient clinic in Lower Silesia. It is worth noting that over 280 are centres specialising exclusively in an outpatient clinic. 89% of such institutions are run by private entities – most often in the form of sole proprietorship or civil partnership, while among all institutions the percentage is 81%.
How does it look like in the division into poviats? Nearly one third of all outlets in the whole voivodship are located in Wrocław. This is one of the highest rates among voivodship cities. In Wrocław, private outlets constitute 86% of all outlets! This result is higher than the average for the whole voivodeship (81%). Nevertheless, there are areas in Lower Silesia, where this indicator is even higher. They include the following poviats: Dzierżoniów, Górowski, Milicki, Oławski, Ząbkowicki, Wrocławski and Wałbrzyski. There, the percentage of private entities exceeds 90%.
According to PMR forecasts, in the years 2018-2023 the highest growth in the total number of inhabitants will be observed in the Wrocław district, where the predicted dynamics within the forecast horizon will be at the level of about 2%. In the vast majority of other areas of Poland, the growth will be lower than 1%.