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Hungary’s Secret Service Ready to Fight Corruption in Health Care

Tamás Vaski 2021.02.11.

The National Protective Service’s (NVSZ) Department of Protection for Health Service Providers is already operating to mitigate corruption in Hungary’s health care sector, despite their legal relationship not yet being formalized with all health care workers, reports pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet.

The 50 person department has branches located in Pest, Buda, Pest County, Debrecen, Szeged, Pécs, and Szombathely. Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér, responsible for NVSZ’s operations, had a clear influence on its creation, given his strong stance against the deeply woven bribery practices which have existed in Hungary’s health care system for decades.

Ensuring That All Doctors in Hungary Are Free of Corruption

The Department of Protection for Health Service Providers was created to enforce the government decree made alongside the Hungarian Medical Chamber (MOK) in January. The ruling outlaws the use of bribery for health services and ensures the cleanliness of health care procurement.

Doctors within the Hungarian Medical Chamber (MOK) and the Chamber of Health Care Professionals who agree to be liable to the jurisdiction by February 28 can be inspected for corruption by NVSZ.

Both MOK and NVSZ assert that “the emphasis should not be on sanctions, but on prevention.” Inspections will be carried out with a strict legal framework and permits, since NVSZ does not have investigative authority.

Fact

The National Protective Service is a separate branch of the Hungarian Police, controlled by the Minister of the Interior. It is responsible for nationwide crime prevention and detection. The organization has been carrying out anti-corruption tasks in Hungary since 2014.

Giving Doctors More Accountability

Starting March first, NVSZ will be authorized to conduct reliability tests, which can occur three times a year for every individual in the health care sector. Those who agree to be inspected and pass such tests will obviously be perceived as more accountable and trustworthy.

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The philosophy behind NVSZ is not to act against those they inspect, but rather to act with the intention of protection. Their purpose therefore, is to aid doctors who work legally, and give them the recognition they deserve.

In the featured photo illustration, Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér at the plenary session of the national assembly in June 11, 2012. Featured photo illustration by Tibor Illyés/MTI