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Socialists Criticise Government for “Insufficient Funding,” Urge Healthcare Reform

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.01.19.

The opposition Socialist Party (MSZP) on Monday called for reforming Hungary’s healthcare system, criticising the government for its “insufficient funding” of the sector.

Socialist MP Ildikó Borbély Bangó told an online press conference that while government funding for sports-related projects had increased by 458 percent over the past ten years, spending on healthcare has only seen a 49 percent increase over the same period.

Bangó said the pandemic had shown that “there is no time to waste” in reforming the country’s healthcare system.

“The healthcare system must be rebuilt because the only way we’ll be able to give everyone a chance to recover is by having enough doctors, nurses and equipment,” she said. Bangó added that the government should dedicate a separate ministry to healthcare with a competent leader at its helm.

MSZP Calls for Stand-Alone Health Ministry, Making Health Care Priority
MSZP Calls for Stand-Alone Health Ministry, Making Health Care Priority

The opposition Socialists call on the government to dedicate a separate ministry to health care with a competent leader at its helm and make the field a national priority, a lawmaker of the party said on Sunday. The coronavirus epidemic “has exposed the true situation and ills of Hungarian health care”, Ildikó Borbély Bangó told […]Continue reading

She cited a survey conducted last December in which two-thirds of respondents backed Socialist Party MEP István Ujhelyi’s proposal for a European Health Union aimed at eliminating inequalities in the healthcare systems of European Union member states.

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