No, and many Poles have problems in the UK understanding why the system doesn't let you see specialists without referral. It's even worse with pregnancies - they simply cannot get it into their heads that a qualified midwife is more than capable - because she doesn't have papers saying that she's a doctor, therefore she cannot be any good.
You know, that's why a doctor is a doctor - he is more qualified! If a midwife is just as good, why didn't she study to become a doctor?
It's partially this obsession with specialists that causes the NFZ to struggle - they would go a *long* way by requiring GP's to do their jobs properly. It's even normal here for GP's to simply refer you straight away to a specialist rather than trying to at least try a diagnosis themselves.
They can do much more harm by "trying to diagnose it themselves". If it''s something potentially serious it should be seen by a specialist.
As for not getting smears under the age of 25, I think it's a total disgrace. You'd do better spending money on the smears for young women, than on free contraception for teenage girls that can't stop themselves from jumping into bed with anyone.