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70,000 Set to Lose Access to Public Health Care

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.02.04.

Some 70,000 Hungarians who have not paid national insurance contributions for the past six months will lose access to the country’s public health-care services from mid-February, a government official has said.

“Anyone who makes use of free public health services without paying a contribution creates an unjust situation,” Norbert Izer, the state secretary for tax affairs told pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet, noting that under new rules taking effect on Feb. 12 the social security identification number (TAJ) of those who accumulate six months of unpaid contributions will be blocked.

Public Healthcare: Not Paying Contribution for 3 Months Results in End of Free Service
Public Healthcare: Not Paying Contribution for 3 Months Results in End of Free Service

Parliament passed the new Social Security Act on Wednesday, altering many aspects of the Hungarian social security system. After the legislation comes into effect, anyone accruing more than a three-month debt by not paying their monthly health service contribution, gets their social security number (TAJ) invalidated. This means they will have to pay for every […]Continue reading

Services will be ensured by paying arrears in full or part by that date. Also, people who can prove financial delinquency through poverty will also retain access to the services.

The monthly contribution amounts to 8,000 forints (EUR 22), lower than in any other EU member state, he added.

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