- 19 Jan 2017 8:50 AM
Speaking at a conference on health care in Budapest, Zoltán Ónodi-Szűcs called for a renewal of Hungary’s public health-care strategy so that it can be “brought in sync with” the European Union’s health strategy.
On the topic of the government’s decision not to introduce a chancellery system in public health care, the state secretary said he considered it a “personal failure” that he had been unable to “adequately explain” the benefits of such a system.
He noted that the health-care budget had been raised by 92.5 billion forints (EUR 300.8m) in 2016 from the previous year.
Ónodi-Szűcs said the outstanding debt of Hungarian hospitals had fallen to 13.4 billion forints by the end of last year from 32.6 billion forints in March 2012, adding that the level of outstanding hospital debt has never been as low as it is now.
On the topic of wage hikes in the sector and the recent increases in the minimum wage, he said that according to the health portfolio’s calculations, the drop in payroll taxes will save health organisations more than 8 billion forints even with the wage increases factored in.
The state secretary said the 2017 budget allocates 150 billion forints more for health care than last year’s budget, adding that 81 billion forints of the additional funds would be spent on wage hikes. Regarding basic health-care services, Ónodi-Szűcs underlined the need to determine the “real reason” for long-term unfilled GP practices.
Republished with permission of Hungary Matters, MTI’s daily newsletter.