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Mar 08, 2017

More doctors and nurses staying in Hungary amid wage increases and an improved healthcare system

The number of doctors applying to leave Hungary to work abroad dropped by 19 percent between 2015 and 2016 and by 50 percent to the present compared with 2010-2011. The same measure for nurses showed a 15 percent annual drop last year

Amidst a growing labor shortage  in Hungary, the government are keen to retain doctors and nurses in an ever-improving healthcare system.

The number of doctors and nurses seeking employment abroad has continued to drop over the past few years thanks to government measures to staunch the exodus..

Wage increases, support for junior doctors, healthcare development projects and increased resources are behind the turnaround, human resources state secretary Bence Rétvári said.

According to MTI, the number of doctors applying to leave Hungary to work abroad dropped by 19 percent between 2015 and 2016 and by 50 percent to the present compared with 2010-2011, he said. The same measure for nurses showed a 15 percent annual drop last year, he added.

Rétvári said a new four-year wage increase was already showing favorable effects in the sector, and this also applied to pharmacists and dentists.

Concerning healthcare spending, Rétvári cited OECD data showing an annual increase in resources since 2010. The data also show 14.5 doctors for every 100,000 Hungarians compared with an EU average of just 12.3.