Hungary opens public debate on “Green Book”
Fidesz says that the acts of the “Green book” would mean a lethal stab to the health care system of Hungary. András Csáky (MDF) says that there are not many new thoughts and ideas in the “Green book” compared to the things have been published in the media before.
Due to legal hurdles, Hungary was to scrap the idea of hospital “bed fee" and would instead collect Ft 500 a day for meals, the “Green book”, a package of experts' proposals submitted to the government, said. Suggestions include Ft 300-Ft 600 “visitation fee". The introduction of this measure is hoped to bleach the stain of doctors' Ft 60-Ft 80 billion under-the-table money annually. While the ceiling in regular care would be Ft 6,000 a year, depending on the institution and type of examinations, Ft 300-Ft 2,500 may be billed for every outpatient visit, 60% of which would remain at the institution and 40% would go to the health fund. (Portfolio, Bloomberg)
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