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Coalition talks yield compromise on health care reforms

Coalition talks have yielded a compromise on health care reforms which include introducing the conditions for a new insurance-based system over the next two years and converting the National Health Fund Administration (OEP) into a closed company limited by shares, Gábor Kuncze, who heads junior coalition partner SzDSz, announced on Tuesday.

Under the compromise, the government will introduce individual health care accounts and create packages containing different health care services. It will also consider replacing health fund contributions with a three-tier insurance system that makes it clear which services are covered by insurance and which are not. Additional services may be paid for in cash or with supplementary insurance. An office would be set up to ensure patients are insured under the system.
The legal framework for the new system will be set up within one and a half years, and a decision on further measures will be made in two years, Kuncze said. Asked whether fees for doctors' visits would be introduced, Kuncze said the subject would be discussed after the government's program is announced.