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Health service pay rise offers rejected

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

As health workers’ trade unions reject the government’s pay hike scheme, a health care manager advocates the rationalization of services and the abolition of ‘gratitude money’. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s state of the nation address

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Commenting on PM Orbán’s annual speech, conservative and pro-government columnists agree with the Prime Minister that the migration crisis is a grave threat to Europe and Hungary. Left-wing commentators, on the other hand, accuse Orbán of anti-EU policies and of ignoring the will of the Hungarians. READ MORE

Pro-government experts urge higher health expenditures

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Two conservative economists urge measures to stop the exodus of doctors and nurses, and suggest tax increases in order to make substantial wage hikes possible. READ MORE

Former minister warns of impending chaos in health sector

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

A pro-government daily publishes an article by a former minister of health who sounds the alarm over the critical state of the Hungarian health care sector. READ MORE

64 doctors against ‘gratitude money’ demand healthcare reforms

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

As doctors demand higher wages to end so called ‘gratitude payments’ and stop the emigration of health care personnel from Hungary, a centrist columnist thinks that ending the system of illegal payments in hospitals is close to impossible. READ MORE

“Gratitude money” to be decriminalised

Friday, April 10th, 2015

A conservative author urges substantial pay hikes in the National Health Service instead of formally allowing physicians to take cash bonuses from patients. READ MORE

Ruminations on the health care system

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

The leading left-wing daily calls for privatization or substantial extra public spending in the health care system in order to overcome current underfinancing. A liberal commentator fears that the government’s plans to raise wages will not deter doctors from leaving the country or accepting cash ‘bonuses’ from patients. READ MORE

People’s initiative in favour of active euthanasia

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

A leading liberal pundit supports the initiators of a campaign demanding the authorisation of active euthanasia. READ MORE

Health care wage hikes

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

A right-wing columnist welcomes efforts by the Hungarian government to fulfil its promise to offer significant salary rises to doctors and nurses. She notes, however, that in the current health care system it is not possible to offer salaries which are competitive at a European level. READ MORE

Socialist politician envisions “Mengele Plan”

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Columnists from across the political spectrum criticise a Socialist MP for likening the Orbán government’s new policies on the disabled to the practices of Josef Mengele, the ill-famed Nazi doctor who stood at the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp choosing which of the deportees were fit for slave labour and which should be sent to the gas chambers as “unfit”. READ MORE