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Five hospitals under threat as Hungary’s largest healthcare privatisation company nears collapse

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2566 (Published 25 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2566
  1. Max Hotopf
  1. 1London

    Hungary’s underfunded public healthcare system has hit a crisis as Hospinvest, the company that dominates hospital privatisation in the country, is on the verge of collapse. The company looks set to hand back five hospitals to the public sector and is talking to external investors to raise more capital.

    Hospinvest has debts of two to three billion Hungarian forints (£6m-9m; €7m-11m; $10m-15m) and has said it cannot meet its commitments to install new equipment by specific dates in each hospital. This will mean that the company is in …

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