Lege Artis Medicinae

[The point is elsewhere]


JULY 29, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(07)

[For months, health workers and the health press have been preoccupied with what is happening around the cards, the wage demands - and the fact that they are not being met - the change in the rules for sick pay, the introduction of doctor ID stamps and who knows what else important developments in the reform. All the while, little attention is being paid to the transformation of social security, which is the financial backbone of health care, the financier and the determinant of all this, apart from the substance. News has just come to light that the Social Insurance Fund closed last year with a deficit of 22 billion forints. We started this year with virtually no guarantee of public spending. How do we finish? ]



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