The Hungarian government is providing hospitals with a HUF 79.4 billion (EUR 242m) finance package to improve healthcare and reduce debt.
Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, revealed that HUF 36.6 billion will be ploughed into modernization projects and HUF 15.7 billion will go towards outpatient services. HUF 17.7 billion will benefit inpatient hospital care and HUF 3.15 billion will be spent on expanding the range of drugs for treating genetic defects.
According to MTI, the government will also centralize the HUF 42.8 billion of remaining hospital debt. The government will not simply take over the debt but negotiate it centrally, making sure that billed services are justified.
The finance ministry has also appointed a financial supervisor for 13 hospitals whose finances are especially precarious. The aim is to avoid similar situations in the future by setting stricter management enforcement rules.
Minister Gulyás said that maintaining state inpatient care had been a good move since this has kept a lid on debt.
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