Polish health minister wants head of fund to go

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's health minister says he is seeking the dismissal of the head of the controversial state health fund in a dispute over uninsured patients.

Bartosz Arlukowicz said Wednesday the National Health Fund is slow in checking how many uninsured Poles are entitled to state-paid health care, but is quick in asking the government for more money. Prime Minister Donald Tusk is weighing whether to fire the head of the fund, Agnieszka Pachciarz.

Pachciarz wants the government to pay about 700 million zlotys ($230 million) for medical care extended to uninsured people like drug addicts or alcoholics.

Tusk urged the minister on Tuesday to put an end to the usual lines of patients waiting for months, even years to be treated.

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