AmCham Publishes Paper on Healthcare Strategy
- April 27, 2010
To read the paper in English and Hungarian please download the attached documents.
At all times and worldwide, health care services represent an enormous challenge for governments in power, a challenge that involves the everyday life of people, and this is so in Hungary as well. Health care can be made efficient and sustainable only with long-term programs that are based on consensus and which cover several election cycles.
But political parties fighting for political power do usually think short term, since citizens vote on the basis of the situation they had to live through. So although each participant in health care – the doctor, the head of the health service providing institution, the supplier of medicines and technologies, the paying party that is responsible for the budget, and last but not least the patient – sees, feels, and experiences on a daily basis the contradictions in and the struggle of domestic health care and agrees that the situation has become unsustainable. Nevertheless, there seems to be no political will and courage to take the steps that are necessary in order to achieve long-term results.
„WHICH IS THE WAY FORWARD FOR HEALTH CARE?”
By raising this question, the Health Care Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce has set itself the goal to define consensusbased principles on those health care issues that we consider to be the most urgent: that is to create the foundation (pillars) on which decision makers may build that long-term strategy of the sector,
which we have been wishing for for a long time.
We organized five forum discussion events and invited 20 key players and experts in Hungarian health care to assist us. The agenda covered the role of the state and its institutions, formulating a strategy based on public health-care trends, financing capabilities, the legal status of doctors and the possibilities of involving private resources. In this publication, you will find the thoughts which reflect the joint opinion of the discussions – for the compilation of which we are extremely grateful to Ms. Eszter Sinkó – and some supplementary comments of panel members. We have raised pillars on the basis of which it is possible to start to build a more modern and more
efficient health care system. I recommend this summary to everyone who wishes and is able to do something for a healthier and more competitive Hungary!
Mr. Csaba Szokodi
Chairman of the Health Care Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce