The government has announced three more applications under the Hungarian Village Program on its website. A total of HUF 7 billion will be available for the construction of medical service buildings, the construction and renovation of medical offices, and purchase of medical equipment.
MP Gyopáros Alpár said that the tender for the construction of medical service centers is open to villages with less than 5,000 inhabitants where the practice of general practitioner has been vacant for at least six months. If such villages find and agree on a GP to undertake the practice, the program will finance all costs, including purchase of land.
All settlements involved in the Hungarian Village Program can apply to the tender for the construction and renovation of medical clinics, and the amount of support depends on how many functions the building performs. HUF 30-125 million will be available for the construction and renovation of a single-function (family doctor’s office only) or multifunctional office (including nurses, pediatricians and dentists). Alpár noted that the tender was very popular last year, when nearly 200 settlements had such offices built or refurbished.
The third tender supports the purchase of medical devices/equipment as well as related IT equipment and furniture. HUF 3-5 million will be available for single-doctor districts and practice communities. Last year 800 medical centers were able to renew their medical equipment.
The government site’s application interface opens on March 25, and applications can be submitted until April 24. Successful entries will be decided upon within 60 days, after which a grant document will be signed within five days for local municipalities to fund the work.
The Hungarian Village Program affects some 2,800 municipalities throughout Hungary, 90 percent of which submitted an application for one of the program elements last year, 82 percent of which received support. In 2019, the program received a total of 11,000 applications, of which 5,500 received funding.
MP Alpár emphasized that the Hungarian Village Program aims to improve the living conditions of smaller settlements in order to strengthen their ability to retain residents.