Hungary’s opposition plans to spend an extra €3.4 billion on healthcare

In a press conference on 15 January, Márki-Zay said the funding for Hungary’s healthcare system would increase from 4.5% to 7% of the GDP – the EU average – in four years. [Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson]

In the run-up to the elections in April, the opposition prime ministerial candidate Péter Márki-Zay promised to spend an extra 1,200 billion forints to reform Hungarian healthcare in line with European countries, Hungary Today reported.

In a press conference on 15 January, Márki-Zay said the funding for Hungary’s healthcare system would increase from 4.5% to 7% of the GDP – the EU average – in four years.

The opposition politician accused the Fidesz government of treating healthcare as a business.

He then promised to reorganise the country’s healthcare system, increase salaries for health professionals and introduce a single national insurance model, if the opposition manages to form a government.

Currently, Hungarian citizens pay 30% of their healthcare costs out of their pocket, “the highest rate in the EU,” he said.

Meanwhile, ruling party Fidesz issued a statement accusing the opposition of a “drastic privatisation” of the healthcare system.

(Silvia Ellena | EURACTIV.com)

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