Hospitals in Poland are not great; the big ones in big cities are on-par with EU standards, but the small ones in smaller cities are not
something out of a fairy tale. However, they have all the equipment and qualifications on-site needed to perform any acute operation,
just not in the largest comfort afterwards. The food is infamously bad in Polish hospitals, and the staff may have trouble understanding
more complex English sentences
. All in all, if you do end up in need of a hospital while in Poland, you will be fine and satisfied with
your stay as long as you stay in the largest few cities.
It is hard to estimate the price of an operation, but, for example, if you break a leg and are transported by an amublance to the nearest
hospital, where you are treated for your leg, receive a cast, and stay for a night, you will pay approximately 1000 zł [220 EUR].
big city hospital
big city hospital inside
small city hospital
small city hospital inside
If you want to get something checked privately, which is a much quicker option and much more viable while on vacation, you can
also go to a private clinic. Even smaller cities tend to have loads of clinics with diverse specializations.
The cost of one visit as such a clinic is typically between 100 zł [22 EUR] and 200 zł [44 EUR], depending on the condition.
This also applies to dental clinics.
typical clinic inside
Polish ambulances are typically on-par with European standards, but are quite understaffed as of 2019. To call
an ambulance, dial 999 (or 112 if you are unsure which help services to contact).
Polish ambulance inside
Pharmacies in Poland are modern, well-stocked, and employ only qualified pharmacists. There are pharmacies even in larger villages,
so you will have no trouble finding one. Of course, for much of the medication you need a perscription - in Poland, you can only
get one at a hospital or clinic (it comes on a small piece of paper).