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Budapest to privatise 11 hospitals

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 28 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1042
  1. Carl Kovac
  1. Budapest

    Hungary's capital city, Budapest, has drawn up a plan to privatise 11 of the 19 hospitals under its jurisdiction, in an effort to pump new financial life into the cash strapped institutions.

    Hungary's 160 hospitals, all owned by municipalities or state universities, are dependent on monthly allowances from the National Health Care Fund Administration, which barely cover their operating expenses.

    This has resulted in poorly equipped facilities and a shortage …

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