Report: More money allocated for GP incentives

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For this year, some HUF 500 mln has been allocated in incentives by Hungaryʼs National Health Fund for general practitioners (in Hungary often referred to as family doctors) to work in vacant practices for at least five years, to a maximum of HUF 10 mln per general practitioner, Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet reported today.

Last year, 38 general practitioners were paid a combined HUF 413 mln in such incentives, the paper added.

According to Kamill Selmeczi, head of Hungary’s GP association FAKOOSZ, doctors should get a pay rise if the vacant practices are to be filled, the paper said. He noted that general practitioners who have been practicing for 20-30 years and serve 1,200 patients currently only earn a net HUF 130,000-150,000 per month. The association head said that in many situations, nurses are paid more than doctors.

The paper said that almost all general practitioner practices in Hungary operate as businesses. Revenue from these businesses has risen 35% in the past five years, however, the amount should have doubled to motivate young doctors to remain in Hungary, Selmeczi told the paper.

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