Enhanced Emergency Call System Launching in Hungary Soon

  • 23 Jan 2024 8:03 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Enhanced Emergency Call System Launching in Hungary Soon
Pest and Fejer counties will join the new primary care on-call system on February 1, completing the nationwide network of the new emergency system, spokesman Pál Györfi of the ambulance service OMSZ announced.

The goal of the new, unified, state-run primary care service is to provide patients with more predictable, directly accessible and qualitatively adequate care, he said.

The new system gradually came into effect in the other counties starting in February of last year, in accordance with the law on basic healthcare adopted in December 2022.

The essence of the changes is that there are far fewer duty stations than before, but they are all under the management of the OMSZ.

Care on-call number: 1830

OMSZ says: 

"In more than 90 percent of cases, emergency care was the appropriate solution for typically milder health problems, and 19,105 patients had to be sent for additional specialist care or hospital admission.

In more than 32,000 cases, telephone counseling proved to be sufficient, more than 246,000 patients were treated at one of the on-call locations, and 21,000 patients were sent an ambulance and treated at their home.

37 percent of those treated in primary care were children and young people under the age of 18."

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