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Official: No decision on centralisation of outpatient clinics

The government has not made a decision yet whether to take outpatient clinics over from municipalities, Laszlo Felkai, state secretary at the interior ministry, told parliament's legislative committee on Thursday.

In his answer to concerns raised by opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), Parbeszed, and LMP, Felkai said the government would first review those facilities and make a decision “around March”.

Andras Jambor of Parbeszed asked the state secretary about a recent government decree under which welfare institutions were no longer required to provide a minimum of services. Felkai said the decree was aimed at saving those facilities from closure in view of soaring energy prices, adding that the measure would only be in effect in the winter.

Peter Takacs, the ministry’s state secretary for Health, said patients whose state of health is such that they cannot get by on social care would still have access to hospital care.

The committee adopted an amendment to the Health Act aimed at allowing the broadening of GP practices to include outpatient specialist care services.

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