Can a refugee from Ukraine receive psychiatric help in Poland free of charge?
According to Article 37 section 1 of the Act on assistance to Ukrainian citizens in connection with an armed conflict in the territory of that country a citizen of Ukraine whose stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland is considered legal, i.e. entered the territory of the Republic of Poland after February 24, 2022, stated that he intended to stay in Poland and registered his stay within 90 days, is entitled to medical care provided in Poland on the terms and to the extent to which persons covered by compulsory or voluntary health insurance are entitled to benefits under the Act of 27 August 2004 on health care services financed from public funds, excluding spa treatment and spa rehabilitation, as well as the administration of medicinal products issued to recipients under the health policy programs of the minister responsible for health.
Then, in accordance with Article 15 section 1 and section 2 point 4 of the Act of 27 August 2004 on health care services financed from public funds, the beneficiaries have the right to health care services, the purpose of which is to maintain health, prevent diseases and injuries, early detection of diseases, treatment of , care and prevention of disability and its reduction. The beneficiaries are entitled to guaranteed benefits in the scope of, among others, psychiatric care and addiction treatment.
As can be seen from the above, Ukrainian citizens who came to the territory of the Republic of Poland after February 24, 2022, declared their intention to stay in this territory and registered their stay, are entitled to basic psychiatric care benefits under the National Health Fund. These benefits are free of charge.