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Hungary to close 9000 hospital beds to bring it closer to EU average

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 30 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1140
  1. Thomas Land
  1. 1Budapest

The Hungarian government has announced plans to improve the cost effectiveness of the national hospital service. It will phase out 9000 hospital beds; improve the capacity of some strategically placed hospitals; and merge, reorganise, or downgrade other hospitals. Legislation to provide for the change is being introduced at once and is intended to come into effect by March.

Hungary's 160 hospitals, which serve a population of 10 million people, will be organised in three categories. There will be 31 specialised hospitals with 24 hour emergency wards and facilities to care for the most acute cases. No patient should have to travel more than 50 km …

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