The first line of defense of the Hungarian healthcare system is primary healthcare. In accordance with the Act on Healthcare (Act CLIV of 1997 on Healthcare), all patients shall be assured continuous long-term healthcare based on a personal relationship, in or near their places of residence, irrespective of gender, age or the nature of their illness.
The important institutions of primary healthcare are:
- family practitioners,
- family pediatric practitioners,
- dental practitioners,
- on-duty services adjacent to services,
- health visitor services, and
- school health services.