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