From today, until September 13th, hundreds of dentists who provide free services in the framework of the public healthcare system have gone on strike, as amid the current amount of state funding, they say they are unable to run their practices effectively and predictably.
Since legally, dentists hold an entrepreneur status, they have collectively gone on holiday meaning that over the next two weeks they would only provide on-call duties and emergency treatments.
While running a dental practice generally costs higher than operating a general medical practice, they still receive less money, only 900,000 HUF (Eur 2,863) a month. This amount is not enough for equipment, their maintenance, staff salaries, and the cost of treatments.
Three days before the strike was due to start, state secretary for health Ildikó Horváth offered that public-funded providers would receive a one-off support of 1,5 million HUF (Eur 4,771). In addition, from next year on, their monthly allowance would be raised by 250 thousand HUF (Eur 795), while from 2021, by an additional 140 thousand HUF (Eur 445).
Although the Dental Section of the Hungarian Medical Chamber (MOK) agreed on these terms, the majority of dentists who were organizing the demonstrations did not, as they want 1,6-1,7 million HUF (Eur 5,100-5400) a month, accordingly to MOK’s estimations back in 2016. As a result, according to Népszava, ‘collective holidays’ have been kick-started this morning.