New HiT Health Systems Review on Hungary

At the end of the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies is pleased to present its updated health system review on Hungary. This new report was launched during the Presidency’s Joint Conference on Pharmacists’ contribution to public health in non-communicable diseases, which was held in Budapest on 29 June 2011.

This comprehensive description of the Hungarian health system is part of a series of Health Systems in Transition (HiT) country reports, covering the entire European region as well as key OECD countries outside Europe. These reports provide an analytical description of a health system and of reform initiatives in progress or under development according to a standard format and analytical framework. These HiT health system reviews are a key element of the work of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and are produced by local experts in collaboration with Observatory staff.

The previous version of the Hungarian HiT health system review was published in 2004. The new 2011 edition is a joint effort of the Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University, Budapest, the WHO Country Office for Hungary and the Berlin Hub of the European Observatory. The updated new version of the Hungarian HiT does not only cover the most important changes that took place between 2004 and 2010, but has been considerably expanded in accordance with a new template published in 2010.

The report will be available in October 2011.