Lege Artis Medicinae

[Can the health sector be transformed?]

GIDAI Erzsébet

FEBRUARY 09, 1991

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1991;1(03)

[The health sector has been a stepchild of the budget for decades and, as our economic situation deteriorates, it is one of the most disadvantaged sectors, as is the human sector as a whole. The 1991 budget also creates a worse basis than in previous years, as the Social Insurance Fund (SIF), which has financed health since 1990, creates a deficit for the sector in the new year. ]

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