September 10th, 2013

Hungary struggles to stem flow of emigrating doctors

Already dogged by corruption, low wages and poor working conditions, Hungarian hospitals face another grave threat — an exodus of doctors.

The lure of working abroad for many young doctors in the former communist country is proving irresistible, especially during a period of economic unrest at home.

On average a junior doctor in Hungary takes home around 140,000 forints (420 euros, $555) per month — at least five times less than their colleagues in Britain, Germany or Scandinavia — all favoured destinations for Hungarian doctors, according to Emese Batizan, head of the Budapest branch of the A-Team Medical Recruitment agency.

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  • MagyarViking

    “Already dogged by corruption, low wages and poor working conditions, Hungarian hospitals face another grave threat — an exodus of doctors.

    The lure of working abroad for many young doctors in the former communist country is proving irresistible, especially during a period of economic unrest at home”

    But, are we not living The Dream here in Whorbanistan?

    • wolfi

      Here’s a joke I like to tell in Hungary:
      A Hungarian doctor visits the Vienna zoo when suddenly a guard starts to shout: Everybody go back – the monkeys somehow opened their cage, they are dangerous!

      The doctor replies: I’m not afraid of these monkeys – I know how to handle unruly patients …

      So he goes to meet the monkeys while everybody else stays back and watches. Soon they hear the monkeys laughing, then they start shedding tears – and suddenly they all scramble back into their cage and lock the door from the inside …

      The guard congratulates the doc and asks him: What did you do, how did you manage those beasts ?

      Well, says the doc – I didn’t do anything, we just had a nice conversation ..
      First they asked my profession – and when I told them I was a Hungarian doctor, they had to laugh …
      Then they asked me how much money I make – and when I answered them truthfully, they started to weep …
      And when I told them that Hungary is looking for more doctors, they immediately returned to their cage …

      PS: I told this joke to my wife’s sister who is a retired headmistress and her friends, exchanging “doc” by “teacher” – and they all had a hearty laugh …
      And everybody agreed – yeah, that could be a true story …

      • Leto مؤدّب

        You are a nazi, don’t make fun of my dear land. According to the latest Ipsos polls, Hungarian doctors are leaving in droves. The reason is general hopelessness.

        • wolfi

          And the reason for that hopelessness?
          Maybe all the lies that King Viktor and his henchmen feed the populace ?
          And the helplessness when they see how the Fidesz mafia takes everything (from businesses to land to …) and leaves only breadcrumbs for the rest – remember Fidesz’s motto.

          You have nothing, therefore you are nothing!

          Btw, Germany and Austria, England, Scandinavia, … are also looking for nurses etc.
          I personally know ladies who work in Germany as a personal nurse for say one month (7 days a week – without time off!) and then return for a month to their family Hungary. They make five times as much as they could at home …

  • Hungarian

    I hope they go streight back to north Africa….

    • A Patriot!

      I hope you go “streight” back to first grade.

      • wolfi

        The creature would have to get out of its streight jacket first …

        • Hungarian

          Once norbi gives me the list of your IP addresses, it’s going to be a very easy one to fix a date for our first meeting:)

      • Hungarian

        We will meet soon norbi:)
        Keep posting:)

  • A Patriot!

    The main reason is not the pay, the reason is the racist, reactionary atmosphere in Hungary created by Leto and Hungarian and szebbjovot.

    • Hungarian

      you got it.
      Leave Hungary while you can norbi!

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