Lege Artis Medicinae

[Swamp or tunnel]

NAGY András László

MARCH 30, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(03)

[While it is a fact that the 1994 appropriation includes a 27 percent increase over the 1993 projected expenditure, the health profession considers that health care has reached the point of no longer being able to sustain a real decline in viability without serious threats to medical activity." ]

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