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Official: Health care reform to include more screenings

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The government is planning major health care reforms, which will include increased funding as well as more screenings as a way to prevent illnesses and improve the macro-state of public health, Gábor Zombor announced at a press conference today.

Zombor said the health care program that the government is planning will put an emphasis on prevention of illnesses that threaten the overall population. According to the state secretary, the government is planning to set up a sustainable public health care system, making it available in schools and for workers.

When asked about the funding set aside for the health care program, Zombor could not give numbers as “the budget is still under the phase of planning”, though he said that “the sector envisages additional resources”. Zombor hinted that significant changes would affect the sector in structure and financing, in order to motivate general practitioners to engage in more definitive care.

Judit Paller, chief medical officer of the National Public Health and Medical Service (ÁNTSZ) said her agency had launched a program for the renewal of screening exams, for which they were given HUF 1 bln in EU grants. 

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