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Oct 27, 2017

Hungarian healthcare service goes digital as wages increase and conditions improve

Hungary's healthcare system will receive a cash injection which will improve medical conditions, facilitate digitization and increase wages

Hungary's healthcare system will receive a cash injection which will improve medical conditions, facilitate digitization and increase wages.

János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said a significant pay rise in healthcare will come into effect in November. 

The salaries of some 98,000 workers will improve, including 79,000 specialist healthcare workers and 16,000 physicians.

The minister said physicians can expect a pay rise of 100,000 HUF, doctors and pharmacists will receive 50,000 HUF extra, while specialist healthcare professionals will be eligible for a 12 percent pay rise. Pay rises in healthcare will cost taxpayers 82.5 billion HUF this year, he said.

Lázár said the Cabinet decided on the settlement of the debts of hospitals and the subsidisation of institutions which have carried out structural changes with a view to the long-term reduction of their debts. The government has approved 56 billion HUF for this purpose.

What's more, the digitization of all data generated during healthcare services will begin in November, meaning that an electronic healthcare service facility will come into being, the minister announced.

Lázár said that by patients using electronic identity cards, all data will be transferred to a central data registration platform which will create a more transparent and more manageable system.