IHF Krakow
03-04 June 2024

IHF Krakow
03-04 June 2024

IHF Krakow
03-04 June 2024

PFSz Polska Federacja Szpitali – dowiedz się, kim jesteśmy!

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This web subpage presents basic information about the Polish Hospital Federation (PFSz) and IHF 2024 in English language (US spelling). Please use online translating machine (in top right corner) to read more information that is given in Polish language.

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Warm Welcome to the International Hospital Federation Governing Council Meeting in Krakow

Dear Esteemed Members of the International Hospital Federation Governing Council,

On behalf of the Polish Hospital Federation and as the host of this important event, I extend to you a warm welcome to the historic city of Krakow, Poland.

It is with immense pleasure that we host the Governing Council Meeting of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) on 03 Jun 2024. This occasion marks a significant milestone as we proudly welcome you to Krakow for the first time in the history of the IHF that was established in 1929. We are honored to have the opportunity to showcase the rich tapestry of our beautiful city and the warm hospitality that Poland is renowned for.

Krakow, with its medieval charm, stands as a testament to Poland’s cultural heritage. From the regal Royal Castle with the tombstones of Poland’s kings to the venerable Jagiellonian University founded in 1364, our city offers a journey through time. The largest medieval Old Town square in Europe, among numerous other attractions, paints a picturesque backdrop for this high-profile gathering.

As we meet to deliberate on matters of global healthcare significance, let us not forget the unique blend of tradition and innovation that Krakow embodies. This event is not only an opportunity to discuss the pressing issues facing our hospitals but also a chance to witness the spirit of collaboration that defines the International Hospital Federation.

The Polish Hospital Federation takes immense pride in hosting this event, showcasing our commitment to advancing global hospital standards. We believe that the event will not only strengthen the bonds within our global hospital federation but also foster a greater understanding of the diverse healthcare landscapes we navigate.

The “3 Seas meet 3 Oceans #3S3O” innovation showcase planned for the next day, 04 Jun 2024, followed by the visit to the technology park in Krakow promise to be enriching experiences, offering a glimpse into the cutting-edge advancements within our field.

In closing, I express my sincere gratitude to each member of the IHF Governing Council for their dedication to the cause of global healthcare. May your stay in Krakow be filled with inspiration, fruitful discussions, and the warmth of Polish hospitality.

Looking forward to a successful and memorable event.

Warm regards,
Jaroslaw J. Fedorowski,
Univ. Professor, MD. PhD, MBA, FACP, FESC
President and CEO, Polish Hospital Federation (Polska Federacja Szpitali #PFSz)
24 Jan 2024

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PFSz coverage

Members of the Polish Hospital Federation (PFSz) have a total base of 150K hospital beds, over 400K employees and the value of their services exceeded PLN 50 billion!

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Documents and data

Establish date

Establish date

October 10, 2011

Place of establishment

Place of establishment


Legal status of PFSz

Legal status of PFSz

Employers’ organization entered under the number 402294 of the National Court Register (NCR) by the District Court for the Capital City of Warsaw, 12th Commercial Department.

Date of entry in the NCR

Date of entry in the NCR

November 17, 2011
NCR: 0000402294
President of the PFSz: Jaroslaw F. Fedorowski

Tax Identification Number

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National Official Business Register

National Official Business Register


Bank account number

Bank account number

30 1600 1068 1843 0059 4000 0001
BNP Paribas Bank Polska SA
branch in Warsaw

Become a PFSz member!

A hospital (as a legal person) may become an ordinary member of PFSz on the basis of a decision of a person authorized to represent it.

Supporting members of PFSz can become:
✔ Association of Hospitals – as a group entity,
✔ Enterprise (company) – as a legal person,
✔ Natural person (individual).

The preconditions are: support for the goals of PFSz, acceptance of the Statute of PFSz and obtaining a positive decision of the Management Board of PFSz.

We encourage natural persons – health protection experts – to become individual Supporting members in the „PFSz Ambassadors” formula.

We also invite medical entities that are not hospitals to Supporting membership in PFSz.

More information can be found in this tab: BECOME A PFSz MEMBER. Membership declarations can be downloaded in this tab: DOCUMENTS & DATA.

Detailed information is provided by the PFSz Headquarters – contact details can be found in this tab: CONTACT.


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Polish Hospital Federation (PFSz) is the voice of Poland’s Hospitals on national, European and global level.


  Sustainable healthcare above divisions.


  Integrating Hospitals – together we can achieve more!


✓  develop a platform for integration, support, communication and knowledge exchange for all Hospitals;
✓  improve patient healthcare, human capital and sustainability;
✓  influence the shape of the law;
✓  fully exploit the potential of Hospitals.


➜  Influencing the Health Policy of Poland and the European Union, active participation in social dialogue.
➜  Action to increase the importance, motivation and respect for Hospital Directors.
➜  Leadership in the area of sustainable development of the Healthcare industry.
➜  Promoting innovative technologies in Healthcare industry.
➜  Indicating good practices in investment and infrastructure management, as well as methods of raising capital.
➜  Popularization of modern risk management and continuous improvement of the quality of hospital care, support for the no fault system.
➜  Computerization, cybersecurity and improving work ergonomics.
➜  Striving for partnership cooperation with the outpatient care sector, e.g. in the model of coordinated healthcare consortia.
➜  Promoting personal data protection, data sharing, anonymized data donation and hospital benchmarking.
➜  Exchange of knowledge, organization of trainings and conferences for hospitals.
➜  Other activities aimed at improving the situation of hospitals and the healthcare system.



We actively, substantively and constructively participate in social dialogue in the healthcare sector.



We organize conferences, trainings, as well as international hospital study visits, we implement the European HOPE Exchange program for Polish Managers and Polish Hospitals, we create networking for hospital leaders.



We initiate group purchases, act to reduce costs, and facilitate the acquisition of subsidies.

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The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is a global, not-for-profit, non-governmental membership organization. Established in 1929 and headquartered in Geneva, the IHF is the global voice of hospitals and health systems. Today, we represent more than 150 organizations across the globe throughout our membership.

We connect healthcare leaders, supporting them to excel through training and development. We create forums for international, peer to peer knowledge exchange. Our events, programmes, and special interest groups showcase good practices. We work in partnership with international organizations on key issues for IHF members.

The structure of IHF governance includes the IHF Governing Council, which is composed of 25 elected members and meets three times per year to oversee the affairs of the IHF. Building on the success of our in-person Governing Council meeting in Japan in May 2023 and the generous offer of the Polish Hospital Federation to be our host, we are pleased and excited to be holding the mid-year 2024 IHF GC meeting in Krakow, Poland, on 3 and 4 June 2024.

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Polish Hospital Federation (PFSz) was founded in Warsaw on 10.10.2011 and was admitted as the full member to the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation HOPE on 19.11.2011 at the meeting of the Board of Governors in Dusseldorf.

PFSz was admitted as the associate member (2020) and then full member at the meeting of the Governing Council (online) of the International Hospital Federation IHF in June 2021.

Polish Hospital Federation (PFSz) – Nongovernmental organisation of hospitals founded in 2011 on the initiative of Jaroslaw J. Fedorowski – physician, healthcare manager and university professor. PFSz legal status is the organisation of employers. Hospitals are admitted as regular members. Companies and private persons may become supporting members. PFSz has cooperation agreements with local and sectorial hospital associations in Poland acting as an umbrella federation covering around 500 hospitals nationwide. PFSz is a voting member of the tri-party social dialogue committee for healthcare on the national level. PFSz is a full member of the largest national cross-sectorial organisation Employers of Poland.

PFSz takes active role in consultations with the decision makers, trade unions, patient associations, medical professional organisations and other stakeholders of the healthcare system as the voice of hospitals and their managers. Other areas of activity include promotion of innovation, research, coordination of charity for hospitals, education and organisation of conferences, support of young healthcare managers, cooperation with media, quality improvement of medical care and special projects related to healthcare market.

PFSz has been a full member of the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation HOPE since 2011.

PFSz became the associate member of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) in June 2020 and the full member of IHF in June 2021.

Organizing Committee

PFSz Organizing Committee
Jaroslaw J Fedorowski Prezes PFSz

President of the PFSz

Ligia Kornowska PFSZ

Managing Director of the PFSz

Urszula Szybowicz PFSz

Operations Director of the PFSz

Michał Dybowski Chief Sustainability Officer Polska Federacja Szpitali PFSz

Chief Sustainability Officer PFSz

Barbara Tołkacz CEO Cartis Group Project Manager IHF 2024 Krakow foto PFSz medium

Event Manager PFSz

Beata Buchelt Associate Professor Cracow University of Economics foto PFSz

High Council Member

IHF Organizing Committee
Ronald Lavater CEO International Hospital Federation IHF 2024 Krakow

CEO of the International Hospital Federation

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Programme Lead

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Membership and Administration Officer


IHF Governing Council Meeting 2nd – 4th June 2024, Krakow

Healthcare System in Poland

Constitution of the Republic of Poland (art. 68) /OJ1997, No 78 item 483/guarantees:

•  „Everyone has the right to health care.”
•  „Public authorities guarantee citizens, regardless of their material status, an equal access to health care services financed from public funds.”

The beginning of the new post-socialist economical system started in 1989. Until 1998 almost all healthcare was financed from the general state budget. from 1999 – III 2003 a universal health insurance system functioned based on 17 so called „sickness funds” and then in 2003 a single payer model with National Health Fund „Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia” (NFZ) was established. NFZ is the single national payer for health care services. It receives funds from special taxation called health premiums. calculation of healthcare premiums is complicated and depends on the personal income, form of employment and special circumstances (i.e. for farmers). National Health Fund is supervised by the Ministry of Health. It acts not for profit and is divided into 16 provincial departments that manage contracting with healthcare providers.

Until now the system was based on Act of 27th August 2004 on health benefits financed from public funds, the Act of 30th August 1991 on health care institutions, the Act of 8 th September on Public Emergency Healthcare System.

For the past 2 decades health care system in Poland has been divided into 4 main sectors of healthcare:

•  Primary Health Care „POZ” (Primary care physician acts as a „gate keeper” to higher levels of the healthcare system) – this sector is composed of many small private practices and some hospital based primary care centers.
•  Specialized Out-Patient Care „AOS” (mostly referral based) – this sector is mixed, there are many private group specialty practices and publicly owned clinics, mostly multispecialty. Some are attached to hospitals, more are free standing.
•  Inpatient Health Care (Hospitals)
•  Emergency Health (public system called national Emergency care System with many modern ambulances and over 20 modern medical helicopters.

And several special areas like:
– Long-Term healthcare, rehabilitation facilities, home care and hospices
– Psychiatric hospitals and outpatient care
– Health Resorts, „sanatoriums”.

In the last decade over 580 hospitals (defined as facilities with 24/7 emergency care services and inpatient care) and several hundred of short stay / day surgery hospitals have been in operation in Poland. Most of hospitals are publicly owned, acting as non-profit organizations, or incorporated (90% of those with emergency care services and 24/7 inpatient care) while most of other hospitals are private. Majority of hospitals provide services financed from public funds administered by the National Health Fund.

In 2017, the hospital sector in Poland changed significantly. The national network of hospitals was voted in favor by the Polish Parliament in May of 2017. The new network was fully implemented in October 2017.

National Hospital Network, called officially the System of Fundamental Hospital Care Coverage, commonly known as the “Hospital Network” divides hospitals into 6 levels, all providing emergency care and inpatient services 24/7, some of them only care related to their specialty profile (oncology, pulmonary and pediatric).

General hospitals:

•  1st  level (with 4 basic departments: surgery, internal medicine, gynecology and obstetrics, and pediatrics) – mainly county hospitals, up to 42% privately owned or with mixed ownership – operational model.
•  2nd  level (hospitals having 4 basic departments plus 2 specialized departments) – larger county and some city hospitals, some privately owned.
•  3rd   level (hospitals having 4 basic departments plus 6-8 specialized departments) – larger regional hospitals, all publicly owned.

And 3 specialized levels:
– Children’s hospitals
– Oncological hospitals and Pulmonology hospitals
– Nationwide hospitals (university hospitals and national research medical institutes)

Additionally, oncology, which is the priority discipline for the State is financed without cap limits.

The list of hospitals approved to the Hospital Network was presented on 27th of June, 2017.

These hospitals are financed by general budgets assigned to them by the National Health Fund. Such budgets may be revised every few months depending on productivity.There is also some financing related to procedures (fee-for-service), outside of global budgets, it depends on the type of hospital and its place in the National Network

Hospitals outside the Network may apply for contracts with the National Health Fund, however the amount of money available for that is only around 10 % of the total public financing of hospital care of 66 bln PLN (amount planned for 2023). The 90% of total hospital care budget is dedicated to in-Network hospitals. The other hospital network related regulation is a restriction on purchasing more than 51% of shares in public hospitals (only those that are incorporated) by private investors.

Most private hospitals are out of the Network, these are mostly procedure oriented ambulatory surgery or one-day surgery centers, without emergency care and not operating 24/7. There are 72 privately owned (or with mixed, >50% ownership, or publicly owned hospital infrastructure but operated by private companies) hospitals in the National Hospital Network – most at level 1, some at level 2.

The other reform of the Poland’s health care system was the implementation of publicly owned entities as the only providers in the National Emergency Health Care System (Comprehensive emergency care model established in 2006 allowed also private companies to operate in the system).

In 2019, the nationwide e-prescription and e-referral system, followed by the patient’s internet account were implemented. Telemedicine has rapidly developed since 2020 and is now very popular in outpatient care

Accordingly to the 2023 National Health Fund budget, the total value of publicly financed healthcare services is going to reach 144 bln PLN. Private financing of healthcare is predicted to reach close to 70 bln PLN in 2023. Central Office of Statistics reports that the total value of financing of healthcare in Poland amounted to 173 bln PLN, equalling 6.6% of GDP in 2021, 47 bln PLN were private financing out of which, 33 bln PLN were direct out-of-pocket payments (19% of the total healthcare payments) and 14 bln PLN were employer sponsored pre-paid care and private healthcare insurance. Private healthcare financing in 2021 was 27% of the total healthcare financing.

Interestingly, in 2023, only 1.4 bln PLN is the amount planned to cover the administrative costs of the National Health Fund. Poland’s National Health Fund is one of the least costly healthcare financing institutions in the world, as its administration amounts only to 1% of the total budget.


IHF GC meeting is taking place at Radisson Blu Hotel Krakow:

Floriana Straszewskiego 17, Krakow
Phone numer: +48 12 618 88 88

Radisson Blu Hotel Krakow is located just a walk from the city’s top attractions. The hotel sits right by Planty Park and is very close to Krakow’s Main Market Square, which offers an underground city museum, plenty of restaurants and amazing historic buildings. Standing mere steps away from the hotel is the grand gothic architecture of Wawel Castle.

And if that’s not enough, the hotel is also next to the Philharmonic Hall, Jagiellonian University, Barbican and Florian’s Gate, and the Bishop’s Palace with the Papal Window. Visit the nearby Kazimierz – the former Jewish Quarter.


We recommend:

Accomodation needs to be arranged ON YOUR OWN. The rooms are held until 15th May.

Way of booking

1. Using special code for our group
Steps: www.radissonhotels.com / Radisson Blu Hotel Krakow / choose the dates between 1–5 June 2024 / enter code „CARTIS24” / guaranteeing and pre-paying reservation with a credit card at the time of setting up the reservation for the entire stay. The booked reservation is given the status of a non-refundable, prepaid reservation, with no possibility of cancellation at no cost. In case of non-arrival, the guest will be charged the full amount of the reservation (link is valid till 15 May 2024).

2. Standard reservation without using code
Website: www.radissonhotels.com. This way allows to choose more possibilities during booking like: diffirent types of rooms, possibility of choosing refundable option or another way of paying. At this moment booking without special code is recommended by us because of better prices.

Travel information

Practical Information

🌤️ WEATHER2024-02-01T23:31:00+01:00

Typically, the maximum temperature in June in Krakow is 22°, and the lowest is 11°.

🔌 SOCKET STANDARD2024-02-01T23:30:31+01:00

Voltage and socket type 230V / 50 Hz, type E.

💰 CURRENCY2024-02-01T23:30:14+01:00

ZLOTY (PLN). The exchange rate is approximately 1 EUR = 4.38 PLN, 1 USD = 4.05 PLN.

🏧 BANKS AND ATMS2024-02-01T23:29:33+01:00

Most banks in Krakow are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 ATMs (automated teller machines) are spread throughout Krakow. There are also currency exchange offices at the airport and main train station and along the main streets.

💳 CREDIT CARDS2024-02-01T23:42:03+01:00

All major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Diners and American Express, are accepted at most establishments, such as restaurants, hotels, shopping malls and stores.

🏦 CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE OFFICES2024-02-01T23:28:46+01:00

The official currency in Poland is the Polish zloty (PLN). You can exchange currency without any limits on the total amount in all banks, as well as in many exchange offices in Poland. In general, there is no need to exchange a large amount of currency. Krakow is an almost cashless city and many restaurants, stores and hotels accept credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Diners and American Express.

🚑 EMERGENCY CALL2024-02-01T23:28:23+01:00

(+48) 112

💬 LANGUAGE2024-02-01T23:09:00+01:00

The official language is Polish

Information about city of Krakow

Welcome to Krakow!

The second most populous city in Poland. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in our country. Krakow, is also a former capital, the seat of princes and kings, the place of 20 coronations.

In 1978, Krakow was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site.It is a city that has many magnificent architectural and construction monuments such as the Wawel Royal Castle, St. Anne’s Church, the Courtyard of the Collegium Maius, the medieval layout of the Old Town within the Plants, the Barbican and many other structures and historic buildings.

Krakow is also one of the country’s most important cultural, scientific and industrial centers. It is the seat of Poland’s oldest university and 12 other colleges and universities, many theaters, philharmonics. A place to organize festivals and artistic events.

More information about Krakow:

Sightseeing spots in city of Krakow

The oldest and one of the largest Jagiellonian University units in Poland grouping medical faculties with an incredible history dating back to the 14th century. The university was founded in 1364 by the Polish King Casimir the Great and was reopened in 1399 by Queen Jadwiga.

Today the University employs 3.8 thousand academic staff, including over 650 professors, as well as about 3.5 thousand other staff members, while providing education to about 40 thousand students.

Wawel Royal Castle

A unique trip to the place where the heart of Poland has been beating for centuries. Tour the cathedral – the dazzling necropolis of our kings, climb the tower where the Sigismund Bell hangs, and enter the arcaded courtyard of Wawel Castle, a true pearl of the Renaissance.

Royal Road – Old Town

Tour Krakow with the route that was traditionally traversed by the retinues of our rulers. Following the route of royal entrances and coronation processions, we will see the most famous and amazing monuments of Krakow – the interior of St. Mary’s Basilica with the stunning Veit Stoss Altar, the Cloth Hall, Wawel Cathedral and many other wonders.

Kazimierz – Jewish Quarter

An amazing journey through eras and cultures. Discovering the Jewish heritage of Kazimierz will move you and leave an indelible mark on your memory. This is a unique opportunity to see one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Europe and an extraordinary complex of as many as seven preserved synagogues of Kazimierz.

Wieliczka Salt Mine
(about 10 km from the center of Krakow)

An extraordinary trip to an underground world of wonders. The Wieliczka Salt Mine was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a reason. Almost 800 years of history, underground chambers, corridors, chapels and lakes.

More information: www.wieliczka-saltmine.com

The museum with the largest number of collections, buildings and permanent galleries. The museum’s collections number more than 900,000 exhibits, and its mission is to popularize Polish and foreign art.

The collection of the Princes Czartoryski became an integral part of the National Museum in Krakow on December 29, 2016.

It contains the most valuable in Poland and one of the most valuable collections in Europe. Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine or Rembrandt van Rijn’s Landscape with a Merciful Samaritan, as well as many other masterpieces not only from the field of painting, but also sculpture, crafts, militaria and applied art.

Presentation of international contemporary art, education, and research and publishing projects. The Museum’s two most important goals are to present the art of the last 20 years in the context of the post-war avant-garde and conceptualism, and to explain the meaning of art making by pointing out its cognitive-ethical values and links to everyday life.

Underneath the Cloth Hall in Krakow’s Old Market Square, a tourist trail presenting the history of the medieval city has been operating since 2010.

Places we will visit in Krakow

The University Hospital of Krakow is the country’s leading multispecialty medical center. It is a unit with rich traditions, and its reputation has been built over the decades by generations of doctors who have always been characterized by a high level of knowledge and practical skills.

The origins of the University Hospital of Krakow date back to 1788, when St. Lazarus Hospital was established.

The mission of the University Hospital of Krakow is to combine experience and tradition with the latest trends in medicine to improve the health and comfort of the patient. Our main goal is to strive to provide comprehensive medical care to the patient – from prevention through therapy to rehabilitation.

The University Hospital in Krakow is Poland’s largest supra-regional public hospital, which not only provides treatment for patients, but also educates future medical staff. At the University Hospital, outpatient and inpatient highly specialized health care services are provided within the specialties represented by the hospital’s clinical departments, facilities and outpatient clinics.

Wierzynek Restaurant is a unique place on the map of Poland, where 650-year-old tradition of feasting and modern approach to culinary art meet in full harmony!

More than 650 years ago in 1364, on the initiative of the Cracow merchant Mikołaj Wierzynek, the most famous feast in the history of Poland – the nuptials of the granddaughter of King Casimir the Great with Emperor Charles IV of Luxembourg – took place in one of the tenements in the Cracow Market Square. The greats of the medieval world attended this magnificent ceremony, among them King Louis of Hungary, King Valdemar IV of Denmark or King Peter of Cyprus.

Wierzynek’s cuisine offers a combination of the highest quality organic products from local farms and the royal art of feasting. Every day, our chefs make the greatest efforts to ensure that the tables filled with aromatic meats, fresh fish, traditional groats or forest mushrooms are a space of true celebration.

The Harris Piano Jazz Bar – It is the only club in Poland and the second club in Europe, where there are authorial jazz concerts every day. Rynek Główny 28 is the address which has become a considerable location in Cracow’s cultural events calendar.

It is a unique place, where you can listen to a great music drinking a delicious beverages, an aromatic beer or savoring the taste of a stronger drink. Everyone will find something special there, as Harris Club prefers all kinds of jazz – from classics to new age. That diversity is crucial since, thanks to it, is possible to satisfy even the most demanding music lovers.


Participation and Social events confirmation

Please note that one form should be completed for each IHF Governing Council member, accompanying person or invited guest attending the event.

Please remember that participants must book their own hotel rooms. More information is available on this website:

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Primary Contact

Barbara Tołkacz CEO Cartis Group Project Manager IHF 2024 Krakow foto PFSz medium

Barbara Tołkacz
Event Manager
(+48) 601 355 557

Secondary Contact

Urszula Szybowicz PFSz

Urszula Szybowicz
(+48) 697 752 855

Primary Contact

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Ilona Johnston
Programme Lead

Secondary Contact

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Ana Rubio Ruiz
and Administration Officer


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