4. Paying for services
Adequate funding for health is important to manage the excess demands on the health system. This section considers how countries are PAYING FOR COVID-19 SERVICES. Health financing describes how much is spent on health and the distribution of health spending across different service areas. The section also describes who is covered for COVID-19 testing and treatment, whether there are any notable gaps (in population coverage and service coverage), and how much people pay (if at all) for those services out-of-pocket.
4.1 Health financing
According to the government’s communication, the funds are available for the containment effort to combat the coronavirus epidemic. So far HUF 225 billion has been spent on the procurement of protective supplies, preparations and the construction of an epidemic hospital, according to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on the 31th of March.
The government announced on the 4th of April the establishment of a so-called Pandemic Protection Fund with the amount of HUF 663 billion. The government has funded this by reallocating certain budgeted items to the new fund, including subsidies to political parties and tax revenues that normally go to municipalities. In addition, new taxes have been introduced for banks and selected companies. The fund will cover several items, including the cost of the medical equipment and the one-time bonus (HUF 500,000) for health workers .