Lege Artis Medicinae

[Social security government - postponed]

DECEMBER 25, 1991

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1991;1(18)

[The work of reforming this monolithic monster called social security is extraordinary. The World Bank vice-president, who recently visited Hungary, has not in vain called this the most unresolved area of the transformation of the Hungarian economy. The parliamentary committee that is - for the time being - entitled to lead the transformation is certainly not infrequently in an undignified position, for example, when it starts to make a farce of itself as a serious legislative and professional forum of its time. Or would you call that politics? ]

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