Lege Artis Medicinae

[The health economic ISSUES of geriatric care in Hungary]

NÉMETH Bertalan1

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2019;29(08-09)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33616/lam.29.040

[INTRODUCTION - In Hungary, the ageing of the population is a major challenge for the healthcare system (and for the social care). Due to the complexity of treatment of the elderly, geriatric care needs to have a special integrative approach, in order to function effectively. METHODS - We analysed the data that was made publicly available by the Hungarian Payer, together with domestic and international publications, to provide suggestions regarding geriatric care. RESULTS - Based on public data, the utilization of geriatric healthcare services is low, and major differences could be observed within different areas of the country. Within outpatient care, geriatric care shows a decreasing trend. DISCUSSION - It is complicated to navigate through the services provided by the Hungarian healthcare system, while international examples show that additional health gain can be realized with geriatric care. The role of geriatric care needs to be increased within the Hungarian healthcare system, together with addressing the shortage of experts, and clarification of the relations and coordination amongst macro-level systems, and different healthcare professions.]

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