September 5th, 2017

Public health dentist go on strike on Monday, HR ministry “pledges support”

Dentists in Hungary’s public health care have decided to restrict their services to emergency procedures on Monday to protest against inadequate government financing, daily Népszava reported. According to the paper, some 700 dentists out of 2,800 practices across the country have joined the action. They said that their financing is “a fraction of” funds GPs receive from state coffers.

Dr Ákos Nagy, a dentist from Keszthely, in western Hungary, who organised the strike, told the paper that the government currently provides a mere 2,800 forints (EUR 9) for dental services per person a year. He said that while a filling costs 10,000- 15,000 forints in private care, in the public sector dentists are paid 1,800- 2,200 forints for the same procedure.

In reaction, the human resources ministry said that “the government stands by the dentists” and pledged extra funding and other forms of support. They added that negotiations with the medical chamber were under way. “Reinforcing primary health care is a top priority for the government, since a well-functioning health system requires strong primary services,” they added.

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  • ViktorZorroban

    True Hungarians not only have a bitter, palinka soaked heart but also rotten teeth so they can keep filthy foreigners away with their bad breath.

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