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Hungary's plan to privatise family practice founders for lack of funds

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7205.278c (Published 31 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:278
  1. Carl Kovac
  1. Budapest

    The Hungarian government wants to privatise the practices of the country's 7000 family doctors next year but has discovered that most family doctors will not be able to afford to buy their offices and equipment, which are currently owned by the municipalities in which they practice.

    The government currently provides family doctors with an average monthly subsidy of 400 000 forints (£1042; $1667) from the National Health Fund Administration, out of which the practitioners must pay …

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