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Doctors’ Chamber Hails Wage Hike Agreement with Government as ‘Historic Step’

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.10.05.

The Hungarian Chamber of Doctors (MOK) on Saturday called its agreement with the government on substantially raising doctors’ wages a “historic step”, saying that it laid the groundwork for “competent work free of gratuity payments”.

MOK head Gyula Kincses told an online press conference that under the agreement, resident physicians would earn between 700,000 and 800,000 forints (EUR 1,900-2,200) a month, and salaries for experienced doctors before retirement would come to 2.4 million forints.

Such wages are also expected to stop doctors’ emigration from Hungary, Kincses said.

Speaking after talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the morning, Kincses welcomed that the government had accepted the chamber’s proposal regarding salaries, and said that adequate wages were the starting point of addressing the problems of the Hungarian health-care system.

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Orbán: Doctors to Receive 'Unprecedented' Wage Hike, Gratuities to Be 'Phased Out'

Hungary’s government and the Hungarian Chamber of Doctors (MOK) have agreed to raise doctors’ wages by an “unprecedented” rate, and to “phase out” gratuity payments, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Facebook on Saturday. In a video posted after a meeting between government members and MOK representatives, Orbán said the government had accepted the chamber’s […]Continue reading

Kincses said doctors are expected to receive about 65-70 percent of the raise starting January 1, 2021, and the full salary increase will be completed by 2022 or no later than January, 2023.

At the same time, offering and accepting gratuity payments from patients will become punishable by law, Kincses said.

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