Disability prevention

As part of the disability prevention ZUS:

  • refers to medical rehabilitation,
  • disseminates knowledge about activities preventing incapacity for work.

For medical rehabilitation the Social Insurance Institution refers to rehabilitation centres selected by means of tender. Medical rehabilitation is available for persons at risk of long-term work incapacity for the following groups of diseases:

  • within an inpatient system:
    • motor system diseases,
    • cardio-vascular system diseases,
    • psychosomatic diseases,
    • respiratory system diseases,
    • oncological diseases – after treatment of the mammary gland tumour,
    • vocal organ diseases,
    • motor system in early states after accidents;
  • within an outpatient system:
    • motor system diseases,
    • cardio-vascular system diseases (including telemedically monitored rehabilitation).

In 2018 the medical rehabilitation programme was completed by 90,570 persons. Costs of rehabilitation (including the cost of resort payments and a refund of travel costs) equalled PLN 201.2 thousand.

As a part of disability prevention promotion activities ZUS has co-financed 13 scientific projects. It has also ordered the publication of articles disseminating knowledge about the rehabilitation programme within the framework of disability prevention addressed to people with cardiovascular, respiratory, psychosomatic diseases and people after treatment of breast cancer. In addition, it commissioned the development of a medical rehabilitation programme for people with damage to the central nervous system.

Expenses for these purposes in 2018 amounted to PLN 175 thousand.