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Hungary in crisis for doctors/ They leave for Western Europe

2023-06-04 13:58:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

Hungary in crisis for doctors/ They leave for Western Europe

Over the past decade, around 8,500 health professionals have left for other European countries. Hungary now has one of the lowest doctor-per-capita ratios in the bloc.

Despite the government's efforts, Hungarian doctors are leaving the country for better pay and more acceptable working conditions in Western Europe, leaving the country's healthcare system to deal with understaffed facilities and longer waiting periods.

More than 800 Hungarian doctors applied for a certificate to practice abroad last year, according to official figures, bringing the total number issued over the past decade to 8,500.

This could lead to a catastrophic situation in a country with just over 33,000 doctors for a population of 9.7 million, or roughly 3.5 doctors per 1,000 inhabitants - lower than the EU average of 3.9.

In 2022, Hungarian hospital departments were closed for a total of over 46,000 days. Just over a third of those days (15,000) were understaffed, with a further 8% (3,729 days) due to lack of needs.

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