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Hungary refuses to recognise the passages of a United Nations declaration on universal health coverage saying that illegal migrants in UN member states should have the same access to health care as taxpaying citizens, the foreign minister said.

Addressing a plenary session of the UN General Assembly on universal health coverage in New York, Péter Szijjártó said there were “numerous ongoing attempts” to gradually incorporate the Global Compact for Migration into international law. He accused the UN of trying to “hide” the chapters of the compact in decisions which the organisation could later refer back to. The declaration on universal health coverage is one such attempt, Szijjártó said, insisting that the UN was trying to force its member states to provide equal health-care access to everyone irrespective of legal status. This means that an illegal migrant would be entitled to the same level of health care as those who have been honest taxpayers for decades, Szijjártó said. “This is unacceptable for Hungary,” the minister said.
The government rejects the idea that the UN should impose any sort of directives or legal obligations in connection with the Hungarian health-care system, he said. Health care is a national competency on which only Hungary has the right to make any decisions, Szijjártó argued.