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[“Unhappy Physicians” – the Phenomenon and its Background ]

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2011;21(08-09)

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[Introduction - Scientific evaluation from ethical, legal and economical aspects of gratuity (informal) payment in the Hungarian health care system was initiated first in the 1980s and was completed by the end of the 1990s. Since then, there are no unanswered scientific questions regarding the evaluation of this phenomenon; however, theoretical studies did not have any practical consequences. Healthcare policy has been experimenting with indirect initiatives, relying on the changing behaviour of all involved partners. Parallelly, in the past two decades opinion polls were published on the sum and allocation of informal payments as well as empirical surveys on the attitudes of stakeholders. Among these surveys, we consider it particularly important to study the views of medical students who are not yet directly interested in gratuity business but who have already gained some clinical experiences. Material and methods - Our study was conducted among fourth-year medical students at Semmelweis University in the 2009/2010 and 2010/11 academic years. 701 students completed the self-administered questionnaire; the answer rate was 84.5%. Conclusions - We established that students closely follow the debate about gratuity, they have well-defined expectations regarding the policy on physicians’ income policy, and their attitudes do not indicate any encouraging views that would favour the future success of the indirect policy on informal payment.]

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