The Hungarian government to launch a comprehensive, new public health program

The program aims to prevent the most common endemics with high mortality rates, improve healthcare and increase the life expectancy of Hungarians

The Hungarian government is preparing a comprehensive public health program, it has been announced.

The program will include five sub-divisions for the prevention and treatment of cancer, circulatory, locomotory, childhood and mental illnesses.

The government is due to receive detailed reports drafted by the largest healthcare institutions in Hungary in the autumn and will then move forward with its plans.

The Ministry of Human Capacities drew attention to the fact that population decline has significantly decreased in the last eight years, compared to the period of 2002-2010. In the meantime, fertility rate is on the increase.

According to the latest data, life expectancy is 72.5 years for men and 79.6 years for women in Hungary. It means a one-year increase for men and 11 months for women, compared to 2012 figures.

Hungary's progress proves to be outstanding at a European level, as the number of healthy life years at birth is increasing, while the EU average stagnates, according to Eurostat figures.

In order to reduce circulatory diseases, a nationwide progressive benefit scheme has been developed, which should reduce the number of people who have died of myocardial infarction by 50 percent in the past ten years.

The public health measures to prevent endemics and improve the health of Hungarians complement the government’s family policy supporting families to have children and live a more relaxed and productive life.

Apart from health preservatory measures, the healthcare system has also been developed. 500 billion HUF was allocated to renew hospitals, ambulance stations and clinics in the countryside.

The Healthy Budapest program also kicked off, which will result in the development of hospitals and outpatient clinics in the capital and Pest county, using a 700 billion HUF fund.