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  • Martin Votruba
    The report below says doctors are leaving Slovakia for better paid jobs in other countries. To keep the numbers in it in perspective, Slovakia has about
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 30, 2005
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      The report below says doctors are leaving Slovakia for better paid jobs in
      other countries. To keep the numbers in it in perspective, Slovakia has
      about 18,000 medical doctors, which is to say that 180 doctors equals 1%
      of the total.
      The Health Minister suggested that if real shortages emerged, doctors
      from Ukraine and other countries to the east would be inerested in working
      in Slovakia. Others countered this by saying that some of them, in turn,
      might get Slovak/EU citizenship and move west leaving Slovakia open to EU
      criticism for that.


      Martin

      votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu

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      The number of doctors leaving Slovakia seeking higher wages in other
      European Union countries rose last year, the Slovak chamber of doctors
      said Wednesday.

      A total of 363 doctors have left the country last year to work elsewhere
      in the EU, up from 62 who left for EU countries in 2003, Eduard Kovac, the
      chamber's general secretary said.

      Britain, Ireland, Germany and Sweden are popular destinations for doctors
      who leave Slovakia. [...]

      "There are two main reasons," Kovac said, explaining the trend. "(There
      are) greater chances for professional growth abroad, but the main reasons
      are economical."

      Slovak doctors can earn five to seven times more money in other countries
      compared to their salaries in their homeland, Kovac said without providing
      specific figures.

      This data gathered by the chamber does not include information about
      Slovak doctors who left to work in the neighboring Czech Republic.

      According to estimates, some 1,100 Slovak doctors work in the Czech
      Republic, but there are no records of when they have left Slovakia or
      other details, Kovac said. [...]

      The chamber expects the trend to continue to rise this year. In the first
      three months of this year, 51 doctors have already left to work in the
      other EU member states, Kovac said.
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