More of us are dying than before the pandemic.  “It’s worse than we expected.”

New data provided by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. According to the newspaper, 56,000 people died between January and November 2022. Poles are fewer than in the same period last year. According to the newspaper, this seems to be just cause for optimism.

“The epidemic was raging then, now it’s over, and there are still more deaths than before,” says the daily. It is estimated that more than 440,000 people could die this year. columns.

– We predicted that in 2022 there will be more deaths than in 2019 due to population aging. But it’s worse than we expected because of health debts – the professor confirms. Peter Sokalsky.

The daily paper refers to the OECD Healthat Glance 2022 report, which showed the health status of European Union countries after the pandemic. It shows “it was bad everywhere, but exceptionally dramatic on the Vistula”.

Daily reports indicate that the number of excess deaths (compared to the 2016-2019 average) during the epidemic (March 2020 to June 2022) was the third in Poland The highest in Europe. According to the newspaper, “the situation was worse only in Bulgaria and Romania.” The daily notes that we also fare poorly in terms of life expectancy. We were among the four countries where the loss was greatest: in Poland it was 2.4 years, twice the EU average. Only Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania are ahead of us, – notes the “DGP”.

“There is a connection here with spending on health: these countries have some of the lowest rates relative to GDP,” the daily wrote. He adds that in Poland – according to OECD calculations – public spending for this purpose in 2020 amounted to 4.7 percent. Gross domestic product. “Together with Latvia, this puts us at the bottom of the EU list,” he declares.

The Ministry of Health indicates that spending on health is increasing. “In 2020, it amounted to PLN 116.3 billion, an increase of more than 13% compared to 2019.” – says the spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Wojciech Androsiewicz, citing the newspaper.

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