According to a recent survey by the Hungarian Medical Chamber (MOK), there is significant rejection of the new health service law and many doctors would even leave the profession because of it. However, the Ministry of Human Resources is not afraid of physicians leaving the profession en masse, as they think they are only insecure about the new regulation because of the opposition and the press.
As we reported yesterday, the Hungarian Medical Chamber recently published its latest study, entitled “The medical community sticks together and does not accept the circumvention of the profession” on the organization’s official website. According to the research, 77% of physicians would not sign the new healthcare contract in its current form, and 40% would even leave state health care because of it.
The Ministry of Human Resources (EMMI) was asked by ATV News for an opinion on the survey. The ministry said that this is the “…biggest medical wage increase of all time.” After that, as the news quoted, they explained that the “…uncertainty of part of the medical community stems from the fact that the opposition and some media outlets have deliberately misinterpreted the law,” adding that they are not afraid of doctors leaving the field en masse.
The ministry also said that it promises that, just as during the preparation of the law, the MOK will be consulted during the elaboration of the details as well. However, MOK states that although 99% of the survey respondents insist that the government substantially involves the medical chamber in drafting regulations implementing the law, “…the chamber has not been invited to negotiate a single regulation to date, so the government’s intentions are unknown.”
In the featured photo illustration: Minister Miklós Kásler. Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI