Hungary

Following the change in the political system at the beginning of the 1990’s,  entrepreneurs Joseph Priel and János Mészáros approached the Hungarian Government with an original idea -- setting up a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging center backed by foreign investors with the services being sold to the State and the patients getting treatment free-of-charge. This would solve several pressing needs - introducing the latest technologies to the healthcare sector, training and upgrading doctors’ expertise by working on updated equipment, and providing services on a nonstop basis to the entire population.
After one year developing the concept, the Hungarian government, supported by the Parliament’s Healthcare Committee and the Health Insurance Fund, agreed to roll it out. On 18 October, 1991, Israeli investor Elbit Medical Imaging Ltd. opened Central Europe’s first private diagnostic center - the International Medical Center (IMC) at the MAV Korhaz in Budapest (the hospital of the Hungarian National Railway Service). 

After two years of successful operation the company opened the second multi-modality radiological diagnostic center (IMC Szeged) in the Medical University of Szeged in 1993. The center qualified as a training site for the university, which was a significant step to securing a strong reputation in the medical community. In the same year, Elbit formed a new company, together with a partner from Singapore, Elbit Eagle East Europe (4E). The company participated in the privatisation of OMKER Rt, the market leader in medical supplies, and became a major shareholder in the company.

In 1996, a third large diagnostic center opened in the County Hospital of Gyor. After leaving the management of the Elbit companies in Hungary, Joseph Priel formed the Euromedic Group of companies together with Red Sea Group Ltd. (an Israeli Property and Trading company). The group began providing services to hospitals in pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical supplies, and became a major partner in the hospital supply chain in Hungary.

In 1998, Euromedic and Elbit activities were merged into a joint company. The management decided to build and open satellite centers functionally connected to its chain of large multimodality centers. Four such centers were opened over the following years -- in Oroshaza (1998), in Cegled (1999), in Hodmezovasarhely (2000), and in Hatvan (2001).
In December 2002, IMC Szeged won the tender for the privatization of the diagnostic services at the Medical University of Debrecen. The concession was granted for 15 years. This achievement was a milestone in the privatization of the Hungarian healthcare sector, since it was the first time a private company had been granted the right to operate the entire radiological diagnostic department of a state institution.

In October 2004, the company won the tender for the privatization of the Radiological and Nuclear Medicine Department of Szeged Medical University. The concession was granted for 25 years.

In July 2008, the company acquired Labscreen Diagnostics Group from Siemens in Hungary. The group consisted of three diagnostic centers - two Computerized Tomography centers located in Peterfy Hospital and Karolyi Hospital in Budapest and a multimodality center in the county hospital of Salgotarjan. Labscreen was established in 1996 by Siemens.

In December 2008, the company won the public tender to provide radiological and nuclear medicine services for the Central Budapest geographical area (700,000 inhabitants) located in Peterfy Sandor Hospital and Trauma Center, one of the largest hospitals in the city with more than 1,600 beds. This multimodality center is Euromedic’s 12th diagnostic center in Hungary.
Budapest Trauma Center provides a wide range of diagnostic services (7 days a week/24 hours per day) including: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computerized Tomography (CT), Angiography, Ultrasound, Mammography, X-Ray, Radiological Intervention and Nuclear Medicine. The center performs hundreds of thousands of Radiological Trauma investigations annually.

In May 2009, a state-of-the-art Radiological center in Budapest, Hungary was opened.

In June 2011, the first stand-alone diagnostic imaging center in the Mammut II shopping mall for private patients was opened.

In January 2013, the 8 slice CT at the Military Hospital was upgraded to a GE Healthcare Discovery VCT 64. With this replacement the unit became fully equipped for non-invasive cardiological diagnostics.

The center in the Károlyi Hospital moved to the Nyírő Gyula Hosptial in March 2013. 

Operation of the Radiology Department was handed over to the Albert Schweitzer Hospitaltiat , Hatvan in July 2013.

The name of Euromedic Diagnostics Ltd. was changed to Diagnoscan Magyarország. The reason for the change was that the 22-year international imaging diagnostic network wanted to focus more on Hungary, the people living here, and the local institutions. This name change was announced at the end of October 2013.

In January 2015, Euromedic international rebranded to the new company name of Affidea.

In June 2015, Diagnoscan's contract with the hospital in Salgotarján ended successfully and the radiological centre was handed back to the hospital administration.


Diagnostics Division

Today the company operates 11 radiological diagnostic centers under the brand name Affidea Diagnosztika. The centers in Budapest and Gyor are privately owned by Affidea and sell their services to the Health Insurance Fund. The company operates centers by a contributory contract with the universities in Debrecen and Szeged. Operations are financed with the local hospitals in Cegled, Oroshaza and Peterfy through the university/hospitals, thus creating a unique combination of a private healthcare entity which is fully integrated into the public healthcare system.

Affidea Diagnosztika represents more than one third of the market as the largest operator in Hungary. Besides these centers, Affidea operates a VIP diagnostic service in Budapest for key customers from leading companies. The check-ups are highly personalized and carried out in an exclusive environment.

For more details please visit www.affidea.hu

Center Locations:

BUDAPEST 
Opened in October, 1991, in the MILITARY HOSPITAL (former RAILWAY HOSPITAL). 
The following modalities operate in the Center:

  • MRI
  • CT
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Ultrasound
  • Cardiology Examination
  • VIP SERVICE

Contact: 
Dr. Burger Mónika
1062 Budapest 
Dózsa György út 112. 
Tel.: +36 1 312-2214 
       +36 1 312-8870 
Private care: +36 30 944-6860
Fax: +36 1 312-8836
E-mail: mav[at]affidea.hu

 

BUDAPEST MAMMUT CENTER
Budapest Mammut Center was opened in June 2011 located on the premises of Mammut II shopping center. The center caters exclusivley for private patients and offers the following services: 

  • CT
  • Ultrasound
  • 4D Ultrasound
  • Bone Densitometer (DEXA)
  • Mammography
  • X-Rays

Contact:
Dr. Bács Éva
1024 Budapest
Lövőház utca 2-6., 4th floor
Tel: +36-30-568-82-10
E-mail: mammut[at]affidea.hu

 

BUDAPEST BANK CENTER
The following modalities operate in the center:

• MRI
• Mammography
• Ultrasound
• X- ray
• Laboratory tests

Contact:

Dr. Tombácz Andrea
1054 Budapest, 
Szabadság tér 7.
Tel: +36-1-803-64-64
Private care: +36-30-629-27-26
Email: bankcenter[at]affidea.hu

 

BUDAPEST MEGYERI CENTER
The following modalities operate in the center:

• Mammography
• Ultrasound
• X- ray
• Bone Densitometer (DEXA)

Contact:
Dr Erika Czerődi 
1044 Budapest, 
Megyeri út 53.
Tel: +36 1 870 04 00
Email: megyeri[at]affidea.hu

 

BUDAPEST PETERFY SANDOR HOSPITAL AND TRAUMA CENTER
Opened in May 2009 in the Peterfy Sandor Hospital and Trauma Center. 
The following modalities operate in the center: 

  • MRI
  • CT
  • Angiography
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Mammography
  • Ultrasound
  • Radiological Intervention
  • X- rays


Contact:
Dr. Katalin Bor

TRAUMA CENTER
1081 Budapest
Fiumei út 17.
Tel:  +36 1 299-7782
        +36 1 299-7786
Private care: +36 30 941-7669
Fax: +36 1 299-7785
E-mail: peterfy[at]affidea.hu

PETERFY SANDOR HOSPITAL
1076 Budapest
Péterfy Sándor utca 8-20.
Tel:  +36 1 505-4232
        +36 1 505-4233
        +36 30 941-7969
Private care: +36 30 941-7669
Fax: +36 1 299-7784
E-mail: peterfy[at]affidea.hu

 

BUDAPEST NYÍRŐ GYULA HOSPITAL
The center in the Karolyi Sandor Hospital moved to the Nyírő Gyula Hospital in March 2013. The center operates the following modality:

CT

Contact: Dr. Tóth Andrea
1035 Budapest, Lehel út 59.
Tel: +36 1 231-0857
Fax: +36 1 231-0858
E-mail: nyiro[at]affidea.hu

 

BUDAPEST SZENT MARGIT HOSPITAL
The center operates the following modality:

• CT

Contact: Dr. Tóth Andrea
1032 Budapest, 
Bécsi út 132., B building, 1. floor
Tel/Private care: +36-1-803-64-28
Fax: +36-1- 803-64-27
E-mail: margitkorhaz[at]affidea.hu
 

GYŐR 
Opened in January, 1995, in PETZ ALADAR County Hospital. 
The following modalities operate in the Center:

  • MRI
  • CT
  • Mammography
  • Ultrasound

Contact: 
Dr. Szatmári Ferenc
9023 Győr 
Varsvári Pál u. 2 
Tel.: +36 96 440-165
        +36 30 944-6855
Private care: +36 30 944-6855
Fax: +36 96 440-167
E-mail: gyor[at]affidea.hu

 

SZEGED 
Opened in October, 1993, in the SEMMELWEIS Medical University
In 2004, the full Radiological and Nuclear Departments was privatized with a concession for 25 years. 
The following modalities operate in the Center:

  • MRI
  • CT
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • Angiography
  • Radiological Intervention
  • X-Rays
  • Bone Densitometer (DEXA)

Contact: 
Dr. Horváth István
6720 Szeged 
Semmelweis u. 6. 
Tel.: +36 62 545-861
        +36 30 944-6950
Private care: +36 30 944-6950
Fax: +36 62 545-865
E-mail: szeged[at]affidea.hu

 

OROSHÁZA 
Opened in May, 1998, in the City Hospital as a satellite Center with:

  • CT
  • Mammography

Contact:
Dr. Sebők Edit
5900 Orosháza 
Kond u. 59. 
Tel./Private:  +36 68 411-166/631
Fax: +36 68 411-166
E-mail: oroshaza[at]affidea.hu

 

DEBRECEN UNIVERSITY 
Opened in April, 2003, in the Medical University, as a full privatization of the Radiological Department, with a concession for 15 years. 
The Center operates the following modalities:

  • MRI
  • CT
  • Mammography
  • Angiography
  • Radiological Intervention
  • Ultrasound
  • X-Rays

Contact:
Dr. Tóth Judit
4032 Debrecen 
Nagyerdei krt. 98 
Tel.: +36 52 538-001 
        +36 30 944-6920
Private care: +36 30 944-6920
Fax: +36 52 538-000 
E-mail: debrecen[at]affidea.hu