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Government allocating HUF 13.6 billion for shortening health-care waiting lists

The Hungarian government is spending 13.6 billion forints (EUR 34.6m) on shortening waiting lists in Hungarian health care, the human resources minister said on Tuesday.

Miklos Kasler told a press conference that waiting lists had “grown extremely long” by 2010, when the Fidesz government came to power. With robust government spending, the waiting lists were cut to 26,000-28,000 people by 2019, from 70,000 in 2013, he said.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a rise in backlogs in health care worldwide, he said. In Hungary, the treatment of emergency cases, as well as cancer and cardiac illnesses, remained a requirement, he said.

At another press conference, Kasler said the government had spent a total 9.3 billion forints on developments at the South-Pest Centrum Hospital – National Haematology and Infectology Institute in recent years.

Kasler noted the “unique position” of the Centrum Hospital in the region, adding that its development was “necessary and justified”.

Concerning the actual projects, the minister said the hospital’s maternity ward was now “family-friendly”: a modern diagnostics unit has been added, while the medical technology and energy systems have been upgraded. He added a database of oncology and haematology patients is under development.

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