© Balázs Rékassy
Balázs Rékassy graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the Semmelweis University in 1992 and continued his studies in London. He studied public health and policy health care management at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was also a PhD student for two years. He also studied under prominent Hungarian experts at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Eötvös Loránd University at the Department of Pharmaceutical Policy and Pharmaceutical Economics of the Working Group for Health Economics.
His professional expertise covers a broad spectrum of healthcare: he has worked in healthcare, at the Ministry of Health, in the World Bank's healthcare programme, as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as an executive at a Hungarian healthcare insurance company, and he was also involved in the founding and establishment of a Hungarian health insurance fund. His achievements include the establishment of the "Vitalitás" complementary private health insurance, which finances individual services, the "Millennium Medicina" health insurance fund, the launch of the test named "Coordinated Healthcare Model" in Veresegyház, the nationwide introduction of HPV vaccination in Hungary, participation in objective professional and public information on Covid-19, as well as the establishment of the working group "Experts of the Circle of Consensus for Health" (KEKSZ) .
He is currently a health expert at the Budapest Municipality and an assistant doctor at the Department of Family Medicine at Semmelweis University. His main areas of research include the growth of private healthcare, private healthcare insurance, as well as the possibilities of reforming the Hungarian healthcare system.