Policy responses for Hungary - HSRM


Policy responses for Hungary

3. Providing health services effectively

The section on PROVIDING HEALTH SERVICES EFFECTIVELY describes approaches for service delivery planning and patient pathways for suspected COVID-19 cases. It also considers efforts by countries to maintain other essential services during periods of excessive demand for health services.

3.1 Planning services

The patient isolated at home can stay at home after their case is confirmed with a positive laboratory test result. If a patient treated in an inpatient facility is confirmed to have COVID-19, if possible, the patient will be isolated in the care setting. If not, the patient should be isolated in an infectious ward with territorial supply obligation. If the infectious ward does not have enough capacity for the confirmed case, the patients will be transported to one of the five designated isolation hospitals [1].

Most of the hospitals nationwide are deferring elective procedures, including surgeries and examinations, and only perform emergency procedures. Diagnostic test results and other medical documents can be downloaded from the National eHealth Cloud, which also manages the ePrescriptions [2].

One hospital from the private sector offered its capacity for coronavirus treatment. There are offers also from the hotel industry [3], and an initiative has been launched by Airbnb hosts to offer accommodation free of charge to health workers, who would like to isolate themselves from their families [4].

The leading exhibition and conference organizing company in Hungary has offered (if necessary) one of its exhibition hall to be organized to a heath care facility [5].

Primary health care providers (GPs) play an important role in detecting COVID-19 cases as people with symptoms are asked to call them first, instead of going to a health care facility. The GPs do a health check by phone and use a short checklist to decide whether it is a suspected case or not. If it is, the GPs notify the National Emergency Ambulance Service and ask to take a sample for laboratory testing. The National Emergency Ambulance Service goes to the location of the patient, takes the sample and deliver the sample to the lab.

[1] https://www.nnk.gov.hu/index.php/component/content/article/140-koronavirus-tajekoztatok/567-eljarasrend-a-2020-evben-azonositott-uj-koronavirussal-kapcsolatban-2020-03-16?Itemid=135
[2] https://index.hu/belfold/2020/03/16/koronavirus_magyarorszagon_korhaz_mukodesi_korlatozas/
[3] https://index.hu/belfold/2020/03/17/koronavirus_felajanlas_hotel_karantenkorhaz_nagy_elek/; https://www.sonline.hu/kozelet/helyi-kozelet/szallodai-karanten-a-siofokiaknak-2175003/;
[4] https://www.facebook.com/groups/843585072783174/
[5] https://hungexpo.hu/news/a-hungexpo-zrt-felajanlasa-a-veszhelyzet-idejere/