- 30 May 2017 8:00 AM
In the same period, cities and towns saw an average 9.6% growth in the number of doctors, while around 25% fewer work in villages and rural areas than in 2000, the paper wrote.
The areas worst hit by the shortage are Tolna and Somogy counties in the southwest, Békés in the southeast and Nógrád and Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén in the north of the country.
Meanwhile, patient numbers rose by a quarter between 2000 and 2015, the paper said. Of the active GPs, 44% are over 60 years of age and 11% are in their seventies.
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