Published: March 23 2023
In the first two months of this year, Hungarian hospitals accumulated as much debt as they would normally take six months to accumulate, reaching HUF 33.8bn ($118m) by the end of February, compared to HUF 21.5bn in January. Hospitals entered 2022 with HUF 7.5bn in debt, despite the government paying out HUF 55bn in back claims to suppliers in December. Rászky László, secretary-general of the Medical Technology Association of Hungary, says that hospitals are feeling the pinch of energy price increases in addition to inflation. While László is uncertain what's causing the increase, Minister of Finance Mihály Varga announced earlier this month that the Hungarian government has transferred HUF 11.8bn to hospitals to help pay heating bills and make other payments.
- Hungarian hospitals have accumulated HUF 33.8bn of debt by the end of February.
- They started the year with HUF 7.5bn of debt, despite the government paying out HUF 55bn in December.
- By the first two months of this year, Hungarian hospitals accumulated as much debt as they normally would in six months.
- Energy price increases are also affecting hospitals alongside the general inflation rate.
- Minister of Finance Mihály Varga transferred HUF 11.8bn to hospitals to help pay heating bills and make other payments.
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