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Forrás: dailynewshungary.hu, 2. February 2019 - Lilla Mezei

Hungary is undoubtedly among the European countries that have not done well in the recent research concerning public healthcare. In fact, out of the 35 countries, there were hardly any participants who performed worse than Hungary. As the 2017 report of the Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI) points out, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic could successfully catch up with the leading countries that are still the Netherlands and Switzerland, but there are still several countries where the healthcare system has not improved. Here are the results of the research.

Without a doubt, Hungary lags behind other European countries as far as public healthcare is concerned, demonstrates the EHCI’s latest study. It is only Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Lithuania that produce worse results. However, compared to the previous year, changes occurred. For instance, Poland, which was far behind Hungary last year, caught up with Hungary and now both of them reached a total of 584 points out of the maximum 1,000. This still falls short of the results of the top 3 countries, which are the Netherlands with 924 points, Switzerland with 898 points and Denmark with 864 points.

This also means that altogether 12 Western European countries belong to this elite spending the most money on the public healthcare system. The amount of money devoted to public healthcare is clearly shown by the fact that right after this club, an enormous gap can be seen. The 1st country after the “800 Club” is Slovakia with 749 points, but Slovenia and the Czech Republic are only a bit behind. This indicates that more financial support provides better healthcare and treatment, reports Healthpowerhouse.com.

As the report goes on, European healthcare has improved a lot since the survival rates of infant mortality, stroke, cancer and heart diseases are much better. Patients can choose from a variety of treatments, and more emphasis is put on their involvement in the therapies.
The EHCI research started in 2005 with the aim of analysing the system of healthcare in 35 European countries with the help of 6 evaluation areas and 46 indicators. Their major sub-disciplines are: patient rights and all the information given to them the availability of the necessary treatment the efficiency and quality of the treatment prevention and pharmaceuticals provided. In the 2017 report, Cyprus scored 0 points as it does not have a public healthcare system. The following map shows the current situation of the public healthcare system in each European country. Countries achieving more than 800 points are indicated with green, those scoring less than 600 are coloured with red while yellow shows countries with results between the two categories.

What might explain the prominent leading position of the Netherlands is that they invest a lot of money in healthcare. As far as decision-making is concerned, they involve experts and patients’ associations while politicians and bureaucrats are kept away from it. In the report, Hungary is mentioned together with Poland as both of them achieved 584 points and therefore, they share the 29th place. The researchers of the index explain the poor performance of the countries with the fact that if the management constantly focuses on other things rather than intending to produce the best, the quality of services will decline.
 
Therefore, there is a lot to improve in the country, and both the Hungarian healthcare system and the people deserve more.