“In April 2020, the government issued a decree allowing doctors to provide health care services online. This was intended to maintain levels of patient care while minimising the risk of infection.
“Data on the use of telehealth services during the pandemic indicate high levels of uptake – in particular for prescriptions. Between the start of the pandemic and February/March 2021, 71% of people in Hungary accessed a doctor online or by telephone for prescription purposes, which was higher than the 53% recorded by the EU as a whole. The number of teleconsultations increased markedly over a similar period, too.”
Source: OECD/European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (2021), Hungary: Country Health Profile 2021, State of Health in the EU, OECD Publishing, Paris/European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Brussels.
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