Hungary -Health care workers earnings too low -March 05, 2015

The average wage in the case of health workers is among the lowest.

The average wage in the case of health workers is among the lowest, according to national economic data, if not the lowest and wage increases nearly always only pertain to doctors, even though some 100,000 people work in public health care who are not doctors. In the case of professional nurses and other workers the ratio of Western wages to those of Hungary is 10 to one, just as in the case of doctors. Doctors and expert health workers are moving abroad because of the low wages and poor working conditions. As a result patient security is jeopardized in certain areas because institutions cannot provide the minimum personnel necessary to care for the sick. Several associations have criticised this situation.

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