Policy responses for Hungary - HSRM


Policy responses for Hungary

4.2 Entitlement and coverage

The Hungarian health system provides comprehensive and universal coverage with few coverage gaps. Therefore, the necessary treatment for COVID-19 is available for all ordinarily residents in the country. Tests are available in hospitals only for suspicious cases under strict procedures, but officially unapproved tests can be accessed in the private sector for any individuals by paying out-of-pocket. During the containment phase, the diagnosed cases and their contacts had to be quarantined and cared for in the St. László Hospital, the infectious diseases centre of Hungary. Since mid-March, home quarantine has also become an option under strict supervision. It is unclear what the costs will be or how they would be determined for non-residents of Hungary. In general, everyone, who is staying within the borders of the country is entitled to receive public health services related to the management of the epidemic, but entitlement to get treatment for COVID-19 is linked to the social health insurance status of the person concerned.

From the 1st of August, those who return to Hungary from a country marked yellow or red (see section 6 – Measures in other sectors) will have to pay for their own PCR test to be exempted from the official two-week home quarantine [1].

From the 1st of September, the distinction between the countries is abolished. Hungarians returning from abroad will be required to retire to quarantine for 14 days, or until they are able to present two negative tests with forty-eight hours between the two tests. The citizens should pay for their own PCR tests. The government only covers PCR tests that are conducted a result of contact tracing.

On the 16th of September, the Prime Minister announced a government decision about the maximum official price of coronavirus tests, so no one will be allowed to charge more than HUF 19,500 for a test from the 21st of September [2].

PCR tests ordered by general practitioners, hospitals and the disease control authority for potential coronavirus patients will remain free. Therefore, the only people who will have to pay for the test are those that decide to have the test performed themselves or individuals returning from abroad who would like to be released from compulsory home quarantine after 2 negative PCR test results [3].

According to Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister's Office, the government is committed to provide voluntary and free vaccination against the coronavirus [4]. For more details about vaccinations, please see Section 3.1 – Planning Services. 

[1] https://www.nnk.gov.hu/index.php/koronavirus-tajekoztato/741-gyik-a-szerdatol-eletbe-lepo-beutazasi-szabalyok-celja
[3] https://www.kormany.hu/en/cabinet-office-of-the-prime-minister/news/new-already-announced-protective-measures-to-take-effect-from-monday
[4] http://abouthungary.hu/news-in-brief/coronavirus-heres-the-latest/