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Hungarian doctors angered by plans to privatise hospitals

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:472
  1. Carl Kovac
  1. Budapest

    Two Hungarian associations of health professionals have reservations about a health ministry draft bill that would turn the country's 160 hospitals, all owned by municipalities or state universities, into businesses and doctors into private contractors.

    The bill, scheduled to be presented to parliament this autumn, would convert hospitals and clinics into either non-profit making or shareholding operations. It proposes that these institutions contract medical specialists as entrepreneurs who would pay their own taxes and social security contributions, as is the practice in many countries in the European Union.

    The ministry contends that such moves would put hospitals in a much healthier financial position because it would make them more …

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