Lege Artis Medicinae

[Performance funding: dream or reality? Part I]

AJKAY Zoltán

DECEMBER 29, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(12)

[Today is a time of almost unbelievably rapid change. For decades our main concern has been that nothing has happened, nothing has changed. Now all our energy and knowledge is needed to adapt to at least one of the most fundamental and serial changes. Even those in the health sector who have been waiting, advocating and developing reforms for decades are somewhat surprised at the changes that are unfolding in response to fundamental influences. Only now are we beginning to sense the scale of the risk: the chances of health care's survival in an environment of a collapsing economy. The dream we are waking up from has not been easy (our Mother did not promise us this...), but the reality is surely even harder. Because it takes not rosy dreams, but often sweaty ones, to wake up to something other than disillusionment.]

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