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Apr 27, 2018

Hungary's healthcare system: fewer doctors are leaving for jobs abroad

According to Bence Rétvári, Ministry of Human Resources parliamentary state secretary, last year the lowest number of doctors applied to go abroad, and since 2010 the number of doctors planning to work abroad has fallen by 60 percent

The number of doctors leaving Hungary to work abroad has fallen dramatically over the past eight years.

According to Bence Rétvári, Ministry of Human Resources parliamentary state secretary, last year the lowest number of doctors applied to go abroad, and since 2010 the number of doctors planning to work abroad has fallen by 60 percent.

The state secretary added that the number of nurses leaving the country has fallen by 30 percent compared to 2015.

He added that since 2010, various government measures have improved the situation for doctors and nurses in Hungary.

According to official figures, 845 doctors applied for an official foreign employment certificate in 2010, last year this number was only 334.

Rétvári said that in recent years, 1,498 doctors who applied for a foreign work permit are still currently working in the Hungarian healthcare system after having moved abroad and returned to Hungary. Others are shuffling between Hungary and abroad, he added.