Defence service launches media campaign against gratuities in health care
Under a law taking effect on January 1 in 2021, giving and accepting gratuities is a crime, but the practice has not yet disappeared from the Hungarian health-care system, the spokeswoman for NVSZ told a press conference.
Not having the powers of an authority, NVSZ only reported and initiated an investigation into 19 cases last year alone, Judit Pap said, adding that both a doctor and a patient faced penalties. She noted cases in which an investigation was launched against a cardiologist for 67 instances and another investigation launched against an oncologist for taking a gratuity from a patient for an otherwise free chemotherapy treatment.
According to NVSZ’s press material, the service has initiated investigation against 250 health-care workers in 105 cases since 2021.
The project has been financed with 473 million forints (EUR 1.2m) from domestic sources and with EU support, NVSZ said.