Lege Artis Medicinae

[On FIDESZ's health programme]

JANUARY 31, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(01)

[Interview with Imre Frajna, Member of Parliament, member of the Social Affairs Committee. The LAM and its Annex have dealt at length and repeatedly with the health policy concept of the parliamentary parties, communicating these programmes or their drafts. Apart from the various small farmers' groups, only the FIDESZ programme has not been discussed in these columns, but not elsewhere. As a preliminary question, I asked Imre Frajna, the only medical representative of the Young Democrats, about the reason for this.]

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