Policy dialogue discusses Hungarian health system reforms

On 30 November 2011, the government of Hungary, WHO/Europe and the WHO Country Office, Hungary, organized a policy dialogue on the impact of health system reforms implemented in recent years before 2010, and on the recommendations to institutionalize health system performance assessment (HSPA) in a country context. 

The presentations and discussion were based on the work carried out in Biennial Collaborative Agreements (BCA) 2008-2009 and 2010-2011 in the area of health financing and service delivery. WHO/Europe was represented by Dr Tamás Evetovits, Head of WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening, a.i., who jointly moderated the discussions with Country Office staff and national experts. The event took place at the Ministry of National Resources of Hungary and involved high level government officials, experts and decision-makers, particularly from government agencies and professional associations and bodies.

In his opening speech Miklós Szócska, the State Minister for Health of Hungary, announced that the Ministry is committed to implementing HSPA regularly and will draft a ministerial decree to support this. He also acknowledged the importance of the outcomes of the BCA work performed in the past four years.