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[More than a hundred million gesture for the health sector]

NAGY András László

DECEMBER 29, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(12)

[The main planned expenditure of the 1994 state budget was HUF 1 057 billion 468 million. This amount increased by HUF 130 billion 226 million as a result of amendments adopted by Parliament. More than one third of the increase was allocated to the Ministry of Public Welfare, whose budget, according to experts, was planned more generously than usual.]

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