Bill On Raising Hungarian Doctors’ Pay Submitted

  • 6 Oct 2020 8:39 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Bill On Raising Hungarian Doctors’ Pay Submitted
A bill submitted to Parliament yesterday raises the salaries of physicians but forbids many of them from pursuing private medical practices alongside their work for the state healthcare system.

The bill, submitted under the names of Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás and Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler, also formally outlaws gratitude money.

After a delegation of the Hungarian Medical Chamber met with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Saturday, the cabinet accepted the Chamber’s proposals on these issues.

The bill will fundamentally transform the healthcare system, website 24 writes.

Based on the bill, anyone who gives or accepts gratitude money may be imprisoned for up to 12 months from next year.

Doctors will receive a considerable pay hike, but can be transferred in future to another institution and will be barred from engaging in private medical practice without special permission.

The chamber asked for a pay raise for all doctors, including general practitioners and dentists.

According to the salary scale published in the bill, the salaries of doctors, specialists, dentists, pharmacists, specialist pharmacists, as well as those employed in health service positions specified in the government decree, will increase over three years.

A novice resident doctor will earn a monthly Ft 481,000 next year, which will increase to Ft 687,000 in three years. The salary of a doctor who has been practicing for more than 41 years will rise to Ft 1.6 million next year and Ft 2.4 million from 2023.

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