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20% of Hungarian physicians moved abroad

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012


It is estimated that 4-5 thousand Hungarian physicians, nearly 20% of Hungary’s doctors moved abroad in recent years with hope for better living conditions. Most of them are young specialists in which the Hungarian state invested tens of millions (UHF) for training and formation. Despite the initial investment in training and formation, wage policies and working conditions can’t match the conditions offered by recruitment agencies, so the government has a hard time trying to keep the professionals home.

“Swedish language courses for several weeks in a Spanish resort town, pre-rented housing, job for the spouse, a nursery, kindergarten and school for children…”

The 32-year-old Peter passed his specialist exam 2 years ago. He started working at a hospital and at a private practice. Besides work he also started a family. After visiting a Swedish hospital Peter accepted the generous offer. His story is not an isolated case.

There are more and more medical and non-medical professionals that undertake positions in Western Europe. In terms of medical migration, the current involves all types of specialists, from nurses, residents and specialists. This dangerous trend can lead to serious disruptions in the domestic health care. In the past decades Hungarian doctors were severely underpaid and the government failed to remedy this serious threat.

In August, the government tried to slow the alarming rate of migration by implementing new wage policies.

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Changes in wages for the Romanian resident doctors!

Friday, July 27th, 2012

The new health bill makes a series of legislative changes regarding the medical staff. It’s not an unknown fact that both Romanian doctors and nurses prefer to leave the Romanian health system, being attracted by the substantial foreign wages.

Their enrollment as state employees, and their uptake as civil servants made the doctors express their grievances publicly at many occasions, even threating with mass resignations several times in the recent years.

The Romanian College of Physicians said that the new bill of health would regulate some aspects of the medical profession. Although not fully agreeing with the chapter on health workers, Dr. Prof. Astarastoae explained that the existing measures in the project could cause some doctors to stay in Romania after completing the residency.

“We have to take into consideration that the negative attitude people have towards doctors can not be controlled by law,” said the president of A few months ago at the General Meeting of the Romanian Medical College, a list of grievances was made public by the doctors. The new bill seems to take into account some of these grievances.

“In principle we agree with the chapter regarding the medical staff in the health bill. A key issue is that the doctors will no longer be considered state employees and civil servants as before. A doctor’s autonomy is important and I hope the state bodies will no longer be concerned about the activity of the doctors and bud out,” continued Prof. Dr. Vasile Astarastoae.


The National Register of staff in the health system, particularly useful

One of the first articles in the bill with the title X shows that the Ministry of Health established the National Register of specialized personnel in the health system, both for contractors and for the non-medical care.

Such a register will be extremely useful, especially considering that hospitals would have managerial autonomy. In addition, such a register should include all persons still in the Romanian health system, providing relevant statistics on actual figures of the exodus of doctors and nurses.

A novelty in the new draft law it the fact that resident doctors will be paid for medical work carried on in public health. Currently, resident physicians have low wages in light of the fact that the work they are making is considered training.

“It is important that the work of the medical residents will be remunerated. Another key issue is the fact that physicians will be able to negotiate their salary based on performance,” said the president of the Romanian College of Physicians.

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Immune-boosting cancer vaccine

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

New treatment methods for cancer are soon to be perfected!

Researchers at the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital have developed a vaccine that harnesses the immune system to fight cancer.

So far tested only on mice, the work is part of a burgeoning field of research into how to use the immune system to fight the disease. While radiation therapy suppresses the immune system, vaccine research like this aims to activate it instead.

The vaccine is composed of tumor cells infected with a modified form of the vesicular stomatitis virus, which causes flu-like symptoms in humans.

In mice, the researchers said the vaccine stimulated the immune system to reduce and sometimes eliminate cancer.

“It basically tells the mouse’s immune system what to fight,” said Dr. Rebecca Auer, a cancer surgeon and associate scientist at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. “And because the virus is so foreign and it’s inside those cancer cells, the immune system really wakes up and says hey! Wait a second! This is something we want to attack, and it attacks not only the virus, but also the cancer cells.”


Potential vaccines could be personalized to each patient!

The virus essentially trains the immune system to track down the infected cancer cells, which can help destroy smaller, harder to detect instances of cancer in the body that could otherwise grow again, Auer said.

“So it’s very personalized,” Auer said. “Every single tumor, every patient’s own tumor could in theory be mixed this way to create their own personalized vaccine.

“It’s very exciting because it seems to work,” she said.

Auer and John Bell, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and a University of Ottawa, professor, are leading the research.

Auer said a closely related vaccine is moving to clinical trials in the next year or so, and that theirs could do so in a few years if they get the necessary approvals.

Ottawa resident Paula Pert, a mother of two, was diagnosed with cancer before Christmas. After five rounds of chemotherapy, she underwent surgery to replace a section of her femur and a hip socket.

In spite of how sick the chemotherapy made her feel, she said she was surprised by her body’s resilience.

“You go for chemotherapy, and they basically fill your body with a poison that’s trying to attach the cancer,” Pert said. “And yet somehow my body, every time, just sort of crawls out of this and dusts itself off and I feel well again every three weeks. So it’s just really shown me how truly strong the body is and how it wants to be well.

“It wants to fix itself”

She said the prospect of an immune-boosting vaccine is an exciting one.
“I think anything we can do to try and overcome cancer… in the sense of the length of time that you have to go through and the chemotherapy that’s so draining and difficult, and all the logistics and the helplessness, I think would be a really good thing,” Pert said.


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Doctors recruited by EGV visit their future employers in Switzerland

Friday, July 6th, 2012

The plane is on its way to Zurich and before touching the ground three of its passengers look through the window asking themselves: Could this be my home in the future?

They are doctors who applied through us for a job in a Swiss health care establishment and we organized a study tour in which one of our consultants accompanied them in order to meet the employer and see with their own eyes how their future workplace might look like.

In the morning we are invited to see the medical center which was built from the ground after the former GP retired and where on approximately 200 square meters we can see the vision of modern medicine come to life.

Together with one of the candidates we meet the coordinator of the medical center, a German GP which decided to move to Switzerland in order to escape the bureaucracy in Germany and to have a balanced and calm life. He tells us that after 6 Months he feels that he can take enough time to treat his patients and he does not have to be in a rush all the time.

After this meeting we are invited on a tour through the medical center, first we stop at the center’s private pharmacy, which would be not allowed in other countries, then comes the laboratory where a nice lady explains us which kind of tests they can perform and which ones they send out per post in order to get the results the second day.

In another room we can find a new ultrasound instrument and in another one an EKG and a bike in order to perform effort EKG. Close by is also the Roentgen machine.

One of the candidates tells me with a smile on his face that this is how he always wanted to treat patients: “Everything in one place”!

We are invited for lunch in the old town where our hosts booked a nice table outside. From the terrace we can observe that the streets are almost empty and that the atmosphere is calm. Our hosts explains us that many people go home in order to eat with their families and that in many families only one person is working because they can afford a good living from a single income.

A part of the study tour is also to discover the region and we decided to drive to lake Constance (or Bodensee), Central Europe’s third largest lake. The boats are swinging in the water and from the shore we can see the Alps on the Austrian side and the nice churches and houses of Lindau on the German side of the lake.

Living in Switzerland is fascinating because the distances between the cities are small and you have to drive a short way to work if you plan to live outside the city or if you just want to ski in the Alps for a day. Also from Zurich you can reach Milan, Munich or Innsbruck in about 3 hours and in 4 hours you could be in Lyon, Luxembourg, Frankfurt or at the Mediterranean see near Genoa.

In the evening we met again for dinner and the coordinator of the medical center was so nice to join us with his wife. We were advised about the local dishes and we all decided to have Rösti as a side. During the evening the doctor’s minds were focused on exchanging ideas on professional issues but in their hearts they tried to find the answer to the same question: Could this be my home in the future?

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European doctors ask for the hospital doctors to be rewarded with a salary at least as big as two-three national average salaries

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

European doctors call on governments of the European Union member countries to guarantee the minimum wage for hospital doctors, starting from no less than two to three national average salaries, and to ensure uninterrupted financing of health systems at a level comparable with the EU average.

The European Association of Hospital Physicians and Medical Employees adopted at the General Assembly held in May 17 to 19 in Varna, a statement urging the governments of the European Union member countries to ensure uninterrupted funding schemes for the health system at a level comparable with the average of the EU countries in order to meet the first factor for economic recovery in the EU, states a press release sent by the College of Physicians in Romania to Mediafax.

The two professional organizations require, an improvement of technical facilities in hospitals, so as to meet international scientific standards, guaranteeing a minimum wage for hospital doctors, according to their qualifications, but at least as high as two or three average salaries per economy, full and rapid implementation of national legislation on working time directives, achieving a balance between the working time and personal time and family life, thus guaranteeing a professional autonomy and self-government of hospital doctors.

“The right to health is a fundamental right recognized by all European treaties. The delegations of EMSA and FEMS meeting in Varna believe that maintaining the quality of the health systems in all member countries of the European Union requires suitable working conditions for doctors in hospitals,” said the representatives of the Medical College of Romania (CMR).

Romania was represented at this meeting by the Medical College of Romania, the Democratic Federation of Physicians “Dr. Ioan Cantacuzino” and the Federal Chamber of Physicians.

“I felt embarrassed when I compared the situation in Romania to that of doctors in other countries. In the debate, representatives of other countries were shocked by some aspects regarding the Romanian medical system, especially regarding the income they get, working time and independence. Delegations of the two organizations have expressed support for the position of the College of Physicians in Romania. Some delegates have considered shameful the revenues that doctors form Romania and Bulgaria receive. Therefore the mention of salaries two or three times as big as the national average salaries, and on a later stage the establishment of a European line of income for doctors from different systems in Europe”, said Professor Vasile Astarastoae, president of CMR.

At the meeting, the representative of the Medical College of Romania, Vlad Tica Ph.D., was elected Vice President of the European Association of Hospital Doctors.

AEHM is a professional association that aims primarily to improve all aspects of the conditions in hospitals in Europe. The association defends hospital doctors, engages in debates about the European directives and national legislation regarding working conditions, European Working time Directives, Directives on services in Health and free movement of health professionals.


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Online waiting lists form July

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

July brings Hungary the first online national waiting list registration system, a system that is meant to be easy to keep track of, highlighting the number of people waiting for various operations throughout the country. 

Zsolt Kiss, the National Health Insurance Fund Strategic Head of the Division of MTI, stated that the new system is a key element for patient choice, because the patient will always follow the money. For example, by accessing the national register and the NHS, a patient can see the institutions in which a certain procedure in made, and can also see the number of patients in front of him waiting for the same procedure. This knowledge will give the patient the capacity to choose the institution.

As explained, the National Health Insurance Fund managed by the new system will be able to keep track of the waiting lists, of the needed treatments and costs of treatments, for example number of painkillers needed for each patient, what kind of care for chronic treatment was received, how many sick days, etc.

The totals, together with the surgery itself provide a clearer image of what the total necessary costs will be.
Zsolt Kiss emphasized that for example in the case of spinal surgery where the waiting list is for years, the NHS will redirect its capacity to eliminate these disparities. Meanwhile the basic rules do not change, said the Head of Department.

All in all the leading institutions are therefore pleased with the new concept of a more transparent system, with rules that disable doctors to forward some patients up the list without purely technical reasons.

The new registration system for the NHS is based on the principle of responsible management of the waiting lists. Zsolt Kiss emphasized that the hospital information system is already there, it just needs to be launched on a nation-wide basis in order to fill out the lists.

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Czech doctors working abroad for salaries 4 times as high

Friday, May 11th, 2012

According to the Czech Television, the graduates from the Czech Faculty of Medicine choose to leave the Czech Republic and work abroad.

How many?

According to the official data, only last year about 172 graduates have left to work abroad, despite the success of the “Děkujeme, odcházíme” (thank you, we are leaving) movement that had a favorable outcome for the doctors.



A salary 4 times higher than the one he would have received back in the Czech Republic, is just one of the motivational factors that drove Dr. Vetelsky Martin, a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine from the Karlov University in Prague, who is currently working in Germany.

“Of course, one of the reasons was the financial aspect, but there are also other reasons: the possibilities offered regarding professional development, more opportunities in terms of graduate studies…

Another thing that really delights me is the friendliness and ease with which interpersonal relationships are established in the hospital, in the waiting room, between the doctors and patients alike.” Said Vetelsky.

The migration phenomenon does not just involve the fresh graduates. The numbers indicate that only last year 500 experienced doctors left the country, states Ceska TV
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Germany eases immigration restrictions

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The German parliament has voted to make it easier for skilled workers from non-EU countries to work in Germany. The Blue Card, an EU-wide work permit, allows highly skilled applicants to seek work across the bloc.

In the future there will be fewer bureaucratic hurdles for skilled workers seeking employment in Germany.

The new legislation passed by the German parliament on Friday is in compliance with guidelines from the European Commission dating back to 2009, which stipulates that highly skilled workers from non-EU nations should have similar regulations regarding their residence status as foreign workers in the US.

The so-called “Blue Card” will be similar to the “Green Card” issued in the US that allows workers to stay in the country indefinitely.

Whoever wants to acquire a Blue Card will need to have a college and proof of having earned at least 45,000 euros per year – down from 66,000 – or only 35,000 euros for engineers and technicians in professions where there’s already a particularly grave skill shortage.

Applicants who meet those requirements will get a temporary residence permit, which will be turned into a permanent one after three years in a given job in Germany.

Acompanying spouses will be entitled to seek a job of their own and wouldn’t have to undergo any German language tests.

German university graduates from non-EU countries will now be allowed to stay in the country for 18 months after graduation giving them a chance to find a job that fits their academic qualifications.

If they succeed they will be given the Blue Card after two years of employment.

The Social Democrat opposition members of parliament abstained from the vote. They object to the 35,000 euro threshold as being too low.
The Greens also abstained. They want to see a comprehensive overhaul of immigration legislation and argue that the current change to legislation does not go far enough.

The second chamber of parliament, the Bundersrat, still needs to approve the legislation before it can come into effect.

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The magic behind Germany’s smaller towns and cities

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

If you drive through Germany and explore its cities and towns, you will experience that many cities are scattered throughout the country. There are however large German cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne, as well as a lot of towns and villages.

Germany has about 82 million inhabitants. In the largest city, Berlin, live however only about 3.4 million inhabitants. In other words, the German way of life is a bit different to some other countries on earth where most people live concentrated in huge cities.

There are countries in which it seems as if humans would almost flee into the large cities. Sure, in large German cities it is more likely that you will find a job than in the country, but the Germans dare to live comfortable and calm. There is sufficient stress during the day so it’s good to relax in the evening, in a calm environment.

Germany is remarkable for its attractive smaller towns and cities, scattered like gemstones around the country. In these historic hamlets, many of them located less than an hour’s train ride from a major metropolis, you ‘ll find a very different Germany, brimming with the flavors of the past

  • An easy daytrip from Hamburg, lovely Lübeck epitomizes the maritime culture and redbrick architecture of northern Germany. So many architectural gems are located here that the entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a place judged to be of exceptional cultural value.
  • Weimar, in eastern Germany, was a cradle of the German Enlightenment of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This small unspoiled town was home to Goethe and Schiller, among others, and provides a glimpse into 18th-century German life and culture.
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a major highlight among the Romantic Road, it is a walled medieval city loaded with picturesque charm. You can walk along the old city walls of this perfectly preserved gem and stroll down streets that haven’t changed much in hundreds of years.
  • A stop on the Romantic Road or an easy daytrip from Munch, Augsburg is full of historic panache and architectural surprises, including Renaissance-era palaces and the oldest almshouse in Germany.
  • Located in the Bavarian Alps near Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen invites you to stroll along its cobblestone streets past stone houses and a rushing mountain river.
  • One of the most sophisticated spa towns in Europe, Baden-Baden offers an extraordinary range of spa treatments during the day and elegant gaming rooms at night.
  • Heidelberg, an old university town on the Neckar River, enchants visitors with its romantic setting, historic streets, and enormous castle.
  • Quedlinburg: Spared in part from the ravages of World War II, this town in the Harz mountains still evokes the Middle Ages with its, 1600 half-timbered buildings, more than any other town in the country. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quedlingburg is a gem of yesterday and was an imperial residence for 2 centuries.
  • Meissen, situated 25km north of Dresden, this is a romantic little town built along the banks of the River Elbe. It’s celebrated for its porcelain, which carries a trademark of two crossed blue swords and is valued by collectors the world over. Even without its porcelain factory, the town merits a visit for its quiet charm, its old buildings, and its 15th-century castle.
  • Dinkelsblüh, situated along the Romantic Road, it is not as grand as the more celebrated Rothenburg, it has fewer tourists and therefore retains more old-time charm.
  • Mittenwald, has long been celebrated as the most beautiful in the Bavarian Alps, with magnificently decorated houses, painted facedes and ornately carved gables. In the mid-17th century, it was known as “the Village of a Thousand Violins” because of the stringed instruments made here.
  • Lindau, dates back to the 9th century, this former free imperial town of the Holy Roman Empire is like a fantasy of what a charming Bavarian lakeside village should look like. This garden city under landmark protection is enveloped by aquamarine waters, and one part of it is known as the Gardenstadt because of its luxuriant flowers and shrubs.
  • Rüdesheim, is the most popular wine town in the Rhine Valley, being set along the edge ot he mighty river. Rüdesheim is known for its half-timbered buildings and its Drosselgasse, a narrow cobblestone lane stretching for 180m and lined with wine taverns and cozy restaurants.
  • Cochem, is an idyllic medieval riverside town situated in the wine country on the banks of the Mosel river. It is famous for its towering castle, dating from 1027. On the left bank of the Mosel, Cochem lies in a picture-postcard setting of vineyards. Little inns serving a regional cuisine along with plenty of Mosel wine make Cochem a highly desirable overnight stop and a nice alternative to the more commercial centers found along the nearby Rhine.

Adding my personal opinion to this article I have to state that the charm, history and romance of the smaller cities and towns in Germany have captured my heart and imagination.

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Reasons to move to Norway

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

So let’s say you are doctor and you consider moving abroad in order to benefit of high quality working conditions and high pay. Have you considered Norway?

When considering moving to Norway, there is always one deciding factor that comes to mind – the quality of life – an aspect that should make you choose Norway over any other country:

1. Time. In the modern world time is priceless. Everyone wants it and those who have it don’t have enough of it. More time is what you will find you have in Norway. The regular shops aren’t open Sundays, neither are a lot of cafes, bakeries or restaurants. A few of them might be open here and there but these are rare ore have a season of Sunday openings for tourists in the summer. There is no such thing as 24 hour shopping. Regular stores close by 3pm, businesses by 4 pm, shopping centers by 8pm and supermarkets by 10/11pm. This slows down life dramatically. Suddenly you have more time because there is no time to pop down the shop or to have breakfast in a bakery all of a sudden there is time to read that book or to go for a hike or to paint the house. Time is something that Norwegians have more than most other Western countries. Time is treasured as a Norwegian past-time.

2. Space. Traditionally Norwegian houses were built small to retain heat in the cold winters. Nowadays it is popular to have lounge rooms with open plan living. Even though the space inside is getting bigger, the space outside has always been a wilderness. Just outside the door are forests and lakes, mountains and fjords. If not then they are just up the road. It’s easy to go somewhere and be the only one in the park or on the beach. There is good distance between cities and towns. The people of Norway are spread out along the countryside. It is typical to see a string of houses along the longest fjord or a tiny glow of light between the mountains from an airplane. Peace and Tranquility is something that is in abundance in Norway and so is enjoying your own company.

3. Leisure. Even though Norway has a cold climate most leisure activities are outdoors. Snow sports in the winter and water sports in the summer. All unorganized sports and activities seem to be about getting out in nature. Kayaking, mountain biking, sailing, ice fishing, snow-mobiling. Going swimming at the pool and having saunas are usual weekly activities especially during the winter. Many people play indoor sports such as volleyball, soccer and even Frisbee. It is common to play on a sport team with you co-workers. Even though the water is usually too cold at the beach for a dip, it certainly doesn’t stop people from barbequing, sunbathing or playing volleyball. Municipalities even encourage people with community competitions. The best part is that all this leisure isn’t saved up for the holidays, it is an everyday thing, because of the time and space that Norway has to offer.

4. Health. It is a well-known fact that Norwegians are pretty healthy people. It is largely because of the inconvenience of Norway – there are only two fast food chains in Norway, McDonalds and Burger King which are only in certain cities. There is a lot of snow in winter so it takes so much more energy just to walk anywhere and food prices are very high so over-eating is out of the question. There are also many cultural habits that help keep Norwegians healthy. In Norway a swig of oil a day keeps the doctor away. Kindergarten children are kicked outside to play come rain hail or snow. It is fun to get around in winter to work or school on skis or sleds. During the summer the sun is up till all wee hours of the night and it is common to see Norwegians still out and about jogging or roller-skiing. The health of the Norwegians is obviously influenced by their active lifestyle, diet, which consists largely of fish, is also a great contributing factor.
Health is also relative to the environment. Norway has very clean water and fresh air. There is a strong recycled waste program and because of the health care system Norwegians things checked out before they become a major health issue. Norwegians are taught the tricks of the trade in living in a cold climate to prevent problems such as using cold creams and wearing wool. The general health of Norwegians is very noticeable when you come to Norway.

5. Nature. It is no doubt that the nature of Norway is one of it’s most prized possessions. I’ve heard many people say that they nearly cried the first time they saw the mountains and the fjords. Norway is one of the great beauties of the world and is certainly the place that can give great joy by just walking outside. The climate is very cold and snowy in the winter but ever so beautiful. The summers are mild but bright. The landscape dramatically changes in each season which is a delight. If you don’t like nature then Norway isn’t the place for you but if you love it you will be in heaven.

6. Tradition. Norway is packed with rich history and tradition. It is so easy to get fascinated by the Vikings and their runes, the Sami culture and the stories about the Nordmen with their superstitions and traditions.

7. Family. Norway is a great environment to raise a family. It has very low crime, free health and education and the government focuses on opportunities for children. The family unit is very important in Norway. Not so much the extended family as in other countries, but parents and children seem to be close knit. Most families have one or two children. Parents give a lot of time to their children, taking them out into the wilderness and teaching them about the land and the culture. Parents are quick in putting their kids into childcare, as they are eager to continue their career but they also consider that the quicker the children adapt to society’s rules and customs the easier their life will be. It is common to see parents playing with their children and participating in outdoor activities. You’ll often see parents putting toddlers on sleds which are strapped around the parents waist for Winter hiking trips. Parents are involved in kindergarten activities and also attend community events. Kids are trusted by their parents and the safe community makes it possible for children to play without supervision in parks and on sledding hills. Parents support their kids in out of school activities. There is no yelling or screaming or public disciplining. It is nice to have a culture where kids are not yelled at or smacked, especially in public. When kids reach their teenage years they are naturally given a lot more independence.
If you are a specialist doctor and seek a medical career in Norway or Sweden we would like to inform you that we currently have vacant positions in the fields of Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Hematology Oncology, Endocrinology, Nefrology, Psychiatry, Pediatric Psychiatry and Radiology

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