Ownership changes in the Hungarian healthcare sector, 1990-2017


The paper’s objective is to provide a historical account of the most important changes in two aspects of Hungarian healthcare: financing and provision. It will be shown that after a promising start to the necessary post-communist reforms, a complete reversal took place after 2010. The separation between financing and provision ended. By 2017, the Ministry of the Economy – like the Planning Office under the socialist system – has regained absolute control over the entire healthcare sector, including both financing and provision. Even the Ministry of Health ceased to exist in 2010.


Hungary; healthcare; reforms; social security system

Published : 2018-02-09

Mihalyi, P. (2018). Ownership changes in the Hungarian healthcare sector, 1990-2017. Public Governance / Zarządzanie Publiczne, (41(3), 83-97. https://doi.org/10.15678/ZP.2017.41.3.06

Peter Mihalyi 
Corvinus University of Budapest Macroeconomics Department  Poland

Fővám tér 8
Budapest, H-1093


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