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Doctors plead for funds for Hungary's alcohol problem

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:421

Hungarian medical professionals are pushing the government for funds to expand existing treatment centres for the country's estimated 995 000 alcohol misusers—about 10% of the population. Doctors also want funding for additional rehabilitation programmes but, apart from a new National Health Preservation Programme announced two years ago, little has been done.

In a study titled Trends and Consequences of Alcohol Consumption in Hungary 1995 the late Dr Zsofia Simek, chief consultant for the National Institute for Alcohology, wrote: “Deficiences [in the national health care system] …

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