Medical Graduates Per 100,000 Population (2019): 15.8
Nursing Graduates Per 100,000 Population (2019): 50.9
Percent Share of Foreign-Trained Doctors (2019): 8.2%
Percent Share of Foreign-Trained Nurses (2019): 1.6%
Source: OECD (2021), Health at a Glance 2021: OECD Indicators, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/ae3016b9-en.
“Between 2010 and 2020, the number of people obtaining a medical degree from a Hungarian university grew by over 50%. A rise in the number of graduates explains in part an increase in the number of doctors per capita in the country: as of 2019, there are 3.5 doctors per 1,000 people, a figure 30 % higher than in 2000 but below the EU average of 3.9. Over the same period, the number of nurses grew by 25 % to 6.6 per 1 000 people, which is also below the EU average of 8.4.
“Workforce shortages have been a problem in Hungary for many years – one largely attributed to low wages. As a result, it is common for health professionals to emigrate to western Europe – particularly since the country’s accession to the EU in 2004.”
Source: OECD/European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (2021), Hungary: Country Health Profile 2021, State of Health in the EU, OECD Publishing, Paris/European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Brussels.
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