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DK: Several hospitals accumulated debt over HUF 3 billion

Several hospitals have accumulated debt exceeding 3 billion forints (EUR 8.1m), an opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) lawmaker and the health expert of the party's shadow government said on Sunday.

Zoltan Komaromi told an online press conference on Facebook that “in addition to a dramatic shortage of professional staff and hospital infections”, the debt in many hospitals has reached record highs.

Total debt was over 108 billion forints by the end of September, he said, accusing the government of threatening the lives of Hungarians by allowing hospital debt to soar.

He cited data available from the State Treasury showing that Szent Janos Hospital in Budapest and the hospital of Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg County both accumulated debts exceeding 3 billion forints, and the hospital of Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen County had an even greater debt of 5 billion forints.

A shortage in hospital stocks will result in even longer waiting lists, he added.

Komaromi said the government’s aim was to guide people towards “private health care which profits a billionaire elite”.

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