Lege Artis Medicinae

[What goes in your pocket?]

MARCH 31, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(03)

[One of the cornerstones of the health reform is whether the pay situation of the notoriously underpaid workers in the sector will finally be resolved. If you analyse pay in any area of the health sector, you will find that it is staggeringly low for what is otherwise a responsible job. Education does not seem to have much bearing on pay. The doctor is just as outrageously underpaid as the assistant who assists him or the 'support staff' who work in the background. We are fighting in words against parasolvency and gratuity, but we know that if they did not accept it, they would be living with their families at or below the minimum subsistence level. It seems that the reform of primary care has not yet brought about any radical change in wages, and the introduction of card money has not made workers any richer... Just as fundamental change without adequate development and investment is not to be expected in the wake of well-intentioned reform. ]

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