Information for Patients
As with many countries in the EU, Hungary provided universal healthcare coverage to citizens and residents within the public healthcare facilities, organized by Nemzeti Egészségbiztosítási Alapkezel? (NEAK). As is typical of EU countries, Hungarian healthcare system is of high quality and calibre. While private healthcare is available, it is mainly used by wealthier Hungarians in the city who prefer to avoid long waits for particular procedures. Participation into the healthcare scheme is mandatory for all foreign residents and is automatically provided so as long as the expat has a valid residency permit. Citizens from other EU countries have the right to utilise the healthcare system as if their own.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Hungarian Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Hungarian embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Hungarian medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Hungary. Fluency in Hungarian is required in order to practice in the country medically.
Hungarian (Magyar) is the language of instruction for medical education in Hungary.
Information for Travelers
Citizens from other EU countries have the right to utilise the healthcare system as if their own.
Medical tourism is prevalent in the country, especially from Neighbouring countries in the Balkans and from Romania due to the high quality of care, particularly in dentistry which is popular. The main language of the country is Hungarian with pockets fluent in German and or Romania. All medical professionals will be fluent in Hungarian with very few fluent in English or French, typically found in the capital Budapest.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://www.eski.hu/