Title: Better non-communicable disease outcomes: challenges and opportunities for health systems. Hungary Country Assessment: Focus on diabetes
Authors: Vokó, Zoltán
Beran, David
Pusztai, Zsófia
Bak Pedersen, Hanne
Evetovits, Tamás
Szigeti, Szabolcs
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: WHO Regional Office for Europe
Place of publication: Copenhagen
Abstract: This report reviews health system challenges and opportunities in Hungary to scale up core services for the prevention, early diagnosis and management of diabetes. Diabetes is used in the report as a lens to assess the eff ectiveness of the health system in addressing the NCD burden. Although NCD mortality in general has been decreasing over the past twenty years, the prevalence of diabetes remains high and is growing. The report found good progress implementing innovative intersectorial nutrition policies including the Public Health Product Tax. At the same time, core individual services such as early detection and proactive management of diabetes and its complications require further eff orts. The main barrier to better diabetes and NCD control in Hungary was found to be the lack of citizen empowerment; the population generally has a low level of health literacy and lacks the knowledge and skills to manage their own health. Other problems identifi ed include a mismatch between the incentive system and the requirements for eff ective diabetes management, with current measures focusing on processes rather than outcomes. These challenges need to be addressed within a context of a shortage of human resources and a lack of standardized training in diabetes adapted to diff erent cadres of health personnel. The report ends with six strategic recommendations to address these challenges.
Subject: Chronic Disease
Healthcare systems
Universal Coverage
Health Promotion
Primary Health Care
Social determinants of health
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/148190
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