Hospitals in Hungary for Expatriates and Visitors
Planning a trip to Hungary? Whether you’re considering travel or are interested in making the country a more permanent home, an important consideration is access to quality healthcare. And that often means accessing the country’s hospitals. Here is a guide to finding hospitals in Hungary.
What Kind of Hospitals Does Hungary Have?
Hungary offers its citizens universal healthcare funded by the tax system. This is paid for through a fund called the Health Insurance Fund (HIF). 100% of the population is covered by this insurance. For children, students, pensioners, parents of babies, people with disabilities, the poor and members of the clergy, this healthcare is entirely free. The rest of the country has to pay into the HIF. The healthcare in Hungary is generally up to the standards of Western Europe, though on the lower end. It is also fast improving. There has been a significant increase in life expectancy. In the two decades between 1993 and 2013 the country saw nearly a 7.5-year increase in the life expectancy of men, and nearly 5 years for women.
Are Hospitals in Hungary Good?
Although Hungary’s healthcare system is on par with the rest of Western Europe, the hospitals are plagued by many of the problems common to a socialized healthcare system. These include long wait times and facilities that may not be up to the standards of many Western visitors. This will be especially noticeable to those accustomed to a private healthcare system. It is also worth noting that the pay for doctors is the lowest of all OECD countries. This affects the quality of care. It also leads to many Hungarian doctors choosing to work in the private system instead of the public.
How Many Hospitals Are in Hungary?
As of 2017 there were 165 hospitals in Hungary. This was the lowest number since 2000. However, the number of hospitals during that time period remained stable, with a high of 182 hospitals in 2005-2006.
Medical Tourism in Hungary
Hungary has a quality public healthcare system, and an even stronger private one. Because of that, Hungary has become one of the most popular European spots for medical tourism. This phenomenon began in the 1980s when Austrians and Germans began taking advantage of the affordable but high-quality dental care. Dental care remains a core component of Hungary’s medical tourism industry. But with medical treatments 40-70% of what they are in the UK and Scandinavia, medical care has also attracted many visitors. Finally, plastic surgery provides an important part of the medical tourism industry. Facilities that cater to plastic surgery are sometimes combined with spa facilities.
What You Need to Know About Hospitals in Hungary as an Expat or Visitor
In a strange hold-over from the communist era, when cash ‘gratitude payments’ were expected for better services, making a cash payment upfront gives the client access to better services and upgrades. This is an especially important tip to remember if you’re traveling outside of Budapest and may need to take advantage of Hungary’s public hospital system. Even at private hospitals, an upfront payment in cash is often required. Hospitals don’t generally bill insurance. Instead, you’ll be expected to pay and then be reimbursed.
Some Expats Use Both the Public and Private Hospital Systems
Once a person has established residency in Hungary, they are entitled to receive the card offering them access to Hungarian’s public healthcare system. For new residents this will not be free. Rather, they are required to pay into the HIF, but is unlikely to cost more than $100 per month. People will combine this with private insurance, allowing them to save money on regular appointments and minor procedures, but insuring that if anything more serious happens, they are prepared.
Private Hospitals (and Private Insurance) Offer Services Necessary to Foreigners
In addition to offering shorter wait times, private hospitals are where you are most likely to find doctors, nurses and aides who speak English. It is in the private healthcare industry where the innovation, state-of-the-art equipment and medical prowess is that is driving the medical tourism industry. Public hospitals in Hungary have a constant shortage of nurses, increasing the level of inefficiency and redundancies in the public healthcare system.
Emergency Numbers in Hungary:
In case the worst happens here are the national numbers you’ll need for an emergency, including a 24-hour hotline for English speakers:
Fire Department: 105
English-Speaker Hotline: 112
List of Hospitals for Expats and Travelers to Hungary
Hospitals in Budapest
Nearly all of Hungary’s private hospitals are located in Budapest. Here is a list of the best hospitals to meet the needs of travelers and expats.
Buda Health Center
Nagy Jeno utca. 8
Budapest 1126 Hungary
Tel: + 36 1 489 5200
Fax: + 36 1 489 5210
FirstMed Centers Hattyuhaz
Hattyu utca 14
Budapest H-1015 Hungary
Tel: + 36 1 224 9090
Fax: + 36 1 224 9091
International Medical Services
Jarobeteg Klinika No. 1
Vaci ut 202
Budapest 1138 Hungary
Tel: + 36 1 329 8423
Fax: + 36 1 349 9349
International Medical Services
Jarobeteg Klinica No. 2
Vihar u 29
Budapest 1035 Hungary
Tel: + 36 1 250 3829
Fax: + 36 1 250 3829
Than Karoly utca 20
Budapest 1119 Hungary
Tel: + 36 1 205 0205
Fax: + 36 1 203 0457
Medicover Center R-Klinika
Felss Zoldamali ut 13
Budapest 11-1025 Hungary
Tel: + 36 1 325 9999
Fax: + 36 1 325 9919
Rozsadomb Felsozoldmali ut 13
Tel: + 36 1 325 9909
Medicover Eiffel Clinic, Diagnostic Centre and Dental Clinic
Eiffel Square Office Building, ground-floor
Teréz krt. 55-57
Budapest 1062 Hungary
Tel: + 36 1 465 3100
Email: [email protected]
Rozsakert Medical Center
Rozsakert Shopping Center 2nd Floor
Gabor Aron u. 74-78/a
Budapest 1026 Hungary
Tel: + 36 1 391 5905
Hungarian Hospitals Outside of Budapest
Hungary’s first private hospital was in fact outside of Budapest, in Telki. Sadly that hospital closed in 2013 due to bankruptcy. Currently, there is a training internal medicine hospital in Debrecen of some quality.
University of Debrecen Hospital
Moricz Zsigmond ut. 22
Debrecen 4004 Hungary
Tel: + 36 52 453 337
Fax: + 36 52 414 969
In Case of Dental Emergencies
There is no shortage of Budapest clinics offering quality dental work at an affordable price. Here is one recommended. The Eiffel Branch of Medicover, listed above in Budapest hospitals, offers good dental services as well.
Vital Center Margitsziget
Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget
Budapest 1007 Hungary
Tel: +36 1 340 4518, +36 1 329 2968
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