Budapest (MTI) – The government spent a total 322 billion forints (EUR 1bn) on renovating Hungary’s hospitals in the past five years, the human resources minister said on Friday.
Some 70 percent of the country’s hospitals have undergone complete or partial refurbishment, Zoltán Balog said. He added that 104.6 billion forints of the grand total was used to purchase equipment.
Balog spoke at the inauguration ceremony of a hospital development project worth 3.2 billion forints in Hódmezővásárhely, in southern Hungary. In his address, he said that despite stereotypes of a “backward” rural Hungary, some hospitals in Budapest are actually behind the “superbly renovated hospitals” in the provinces. He added that the hospital projects were aimed at reducing differences among regions and to improve health services overall.