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Patients Need To Be Really Patient In Hungarian Hospitals, Fresh Stats On Waiting Lists Show

By Tamás Székely // 2017.12.19.

27,666 patients were waiting for a surgery on December 1st in Hungary, 445 less than a year ago, news site  dailynewshungary.com reported via economic news portal vg.hu.

According to the National Health Insurance Fund Administration (NEAK), waiting lists in Hungarian hospitals were the longest in June in 2017,  containing 28,816 names at the time. NEAK’s freshly published data show that  3,951 patients were on the list on December 1st, while 3,506 in November and 4,800 in September.

One-third of the patients were waiting for cataract surgery with the rate constant for the whole year. On December 1st there were 11,810 names on the waiting lists of ophthalmologies. The shortest waiting time – it lasted for only two days – was a cataract surgery at the Buda Hospital of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God. Whereas, patients had to wait for more than 310 days in the Bugát Pál Hospital in Gyöngyös. Waiting lists are shorter than in June but still unbearable. Clearly, 5,643 patients are waiting for hip- while 4,856 people for knee replacement surgery. In addition, patients have to wait now 470 days for a spine surgery and their list contains 93 names. Furthermore, 1905 patients need a cardiac catheterization, but the waiting time extends to one and a half months.

According to Szinapszis Market Research and Consulting many Hungarian patients choose private healthcare services because of the long waiting lists. The total internal expenditure on healthcare is going to exceed 3,000 billion HUF (10 billion EUR) by 2021. The moment this sum barely reaches 2,400 billion HUF (8 billion EUR). Experts foretell a 4-5% yearly growth in case of private healthcare expenses. According to some estimates, Hungarian citizens spent 904 billion HUF (3 billion EUR) this year on private doctors. However, this sum will rise to 1,100 billion HUF (3,5 billion EUR) by 2021.

vg.hu and dailynewshungary.com; featured photo: Tamás Kovács – MTI