The wages of health-care sector public workers, district nurses and health-care workers without higher education qualifications will go up by 72% over the next four years, the human resources minister said. The pay rises will be implemented in four phases between 2019 and 2022, Miklós Kásler said. The health-care workers concerned will first see their wages increase by 8% in July 2019, then by 14% in January 2020. Wages will increase again by 20% in November of that year and then by another 30% in 2021, the minister said. The government will spend 14.1 billion forints (EUR 43.5m) on the pay hikes next year and 79.4 billion forints in 2020, he said.
Kásler also announced that the government would consolidate 55 billion forints worth of debt amassed by hospitals. The government has also discussed the reform of basic care and emergency care services as well as its five national health schemes, the minister added.