Lege Artis Medicinae

[Entrepreneurial healthcare?]


JULY 28, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(07)

["In October, when we were at the first conference of entrepreneurial doctors in Szombathely, the idea was planted in our minds, everyone was very enthusiastic and became convinced that entrepreneurship is worthwhile, and since then our doubts have become stronger" - said a female doctor in Nyíregyháza, summing up the mood of the recent conference. Just eight months have passed. The mood has certainly not changed because most of the participants are now from Eastern Hungary and not Western Hungary, or because, in the words of László Németh, "Europe is going eastwards". Since then, a few government decrees have been issued and a few government statements have been made, which have "sawed through" the intentions of business - as Csaba Huszár, Chairman of the MOK Legal and Economic Committee, put it succinctly.]



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