According to a draft law, the central hospitals would be able to order the doctors out. In addition, the government promises a 55 percent wage increase for graduate heathcare workers. However, depending on their performance, the wages of doctors and nurses may increase or decrease.
According to Népszava, the Minister of the Interior, Sándor Pintér, is initiating the transformation of the health sector. At the beginning of next week, the leaders of the chambers will discuss the new laws with Péter Takács, the state secretary responsible for health.
The draft’s sensitive points include, among other things, that central hospitals as employers would be able to freely command doctors and healthcare workers, reports Index. Moreover, depending on their performance, the wages of doctors and nurses may improve by up to 40 percent, or decrease by a maximum of 20 percent.
Patients will have to travel more because the healthcare would be more concentrated. Professions that require many specialists would be moved to county center hospitals. The county reorganisation of services will be coordinated by the General Director of the National Hospital. According to the proposal, the Minister of the Interior will determine in a separate decree what services each hospital can provide. In addition, districts with less than 1,200 people would be abolished by 2028.
Although there have been wage increases in the Hungarian healthcare, the new proposal will further deal with wage issues. In the draft, an average increase of 32 percent is recommended for those with primary and secondary education, while an average increase of 55 percent is recommended for graduates. In parallel with the wage increase, several wage supplements would be abolished and a part of them would be integrated into the basic wage, reports Telex. Furthermore, the government would also end the state payment of the trade association membership fee in the future.
Source: Népszava, Index, Telex