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Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Budapest

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 03, 2023

Summary: The quality of medical care in Budapest, Hungary is generally considered to be on par with the United States. There are a number of hospitals and clinics in Budapest, including the Semmelweis University Hospital, the National Institute of Oncology, and the National Institute of Cardiology. Emergency services are available and can be reached by calling 112. Ambulances are typically dispatched quickly and are well-equipped to handle medical emergencies.

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How are healthcare services Budapest?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Budapest, they replied:

"Healthcare services in Budapest, are provided through a combination of public and private facilities. The public healthcare system, known as the National Health Insurance Fund (NEAK), offers comprehensive medical services to all Hungarian citizens and residents, including general practitioners, specialists, hospital care, and emergency services. Public hospitals and clinics in Budapest are generally well-equipped and staffed with qualified medical professionals, although they may be crowded and have longer waiting times. In addition to public healthcare, Budapest also has a growing number of private healthcare facilities that offer a wide range of medical services, including specialist consultations, diagnostic tests, and surgical procedures. These private clinics and hospitals often have shorter waiting times, modern equipment, and English-speaking staff, making them a popular choice for expatriates and tourists seeking medical care in the city. Pharmacies are widely available throughout Budapest, with many open 24 hours a day, providing easy access to prescription and over-the-counter medications. Dental care in Budapest is also of a high standard, with both public and private dental clinics offering a range of services, from routine check-ups to more complex procedures. Overall, healthcare services in Budapest are of good quality and easily accessible, with a mix of public and private options catering to the needs of both locals and visitors," said one expat.

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