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Government introduces state of emergency

Friday, March 13th, 2020

As the government gives special powers to the authorities to combat the coronavirus pandemic, closing down universities and introducing strict border controls, pro and anti-government think-tanks clash on Facebook over the legitimacy of the ‘special legal order’ declared on Wednesday. READ MORE

Coronavirus fears mount with still just 12 confirmed cases

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

As the number of patients who have tested positive with coronavirus is mounting slowly, an anti-government commentator fears that Hungary’s medical infrastructure is inadequate to cope with a possible outbreak of the epidemic. READ MORE

Transit zones suspend entry for asylum seekers

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

A left-wing commentator finds the government’s coronavirus emergency plans wanting. A pro-government columnist welcomes the government’s decision to temporarily suspend entry to two Transit Zones on the Hungary-Serbia border, as one of a series of measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus entering the country. READ MORE

Additional investment in health care deemed indispensable

Monday, December 9th, 2019

A business analyst believes that despite strong attacks on the government for the sad state of the public health service, all political sides actually agree on the necessity to spend more on health care. READ MORE

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