Lege Artis Medicinae

[Parliamentary debate on healthcare]

NAGY András László

MAY 01, 2000

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2000;10(05)

[On the proposal of the MSZP, the National Assembly organized a health debate day entitled Reform or Rhetoric. Árpád Gógl began his 40-minute introduction by criticizing the health policy of the Horn-Kuncze government. He stated that the Bokros package had shattered some elements of Hungarian health care: dentistry, sports health care, the sanatorium system, and in 1995 the expenditure had been halved from the 1990s.]

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