Health Care In Hungary Need Of Change, Says Zombor

  • 9 Jul 2014 4:05 AM
Health Care In Hungary Need Of Change, Says Zombor
The health-care system is in need of change, as recent measures aimed at improving the sector have fallen short of solving lingering issues, the state secretary for health told a conference. “The health-care system faces high expectations, so something has to change ... health-care employees, end-users and the sector’s funders all believe further changes are needed,” Gábor Zombor told a conference organised by business daily Napi Gazdaság.

Zombor said policymakers must set specific goals and mobilise resources needed to achieve those goals. Lawmakers should determine whether the finances allocated to health care are being used efficiently before considering bringing in additional resources, he said, adding that the state secretariat’s most urgent task is to present valid information on the use of resources to policymakers, he added.

In his presentation Zombor highlighted the importance of making sure doctors and nurses remain in the country. He also said it is essential to extend the careers of health-care employees. He noted government improvements to public catering and its actions to reduce smoking as positive changes.

Zombor said he would support any initiative that does no harm to the interests of welfare recipients and does not lead to a coverage gap between rich and poor. Speaking about gratuity payments, Zombor said transparency is key to scrapping such payments.

He said it is impossible to eliminate them if the government uses advanced methods to run a health-care system reminiscent of a grey market.


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