Fico: Smer Wants to Tackle Lack of Doctors in Slovakia

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Banska Bystrica, January 18 (TASR) – If Smer-SD makes it into the new government following the February 29 general election, it will focus on three main issues – support for pensioners and for young families, and the growing lack of doctors in the country, said party chairman Robert Fico at a programme conference in Banska Bystrica on Saturday.

More specifically, Smer wants to introduce a 13th monthly pension amounting to €460 for each pensioner and 13th monthly family allowances due in August, i.e. before the start of the new school year in September.

According to Fico, Slovakia will lack 3,000 doctors in 2024, despite the fact that the country has four universities producing doctors. The problem is that many of them leave for abroad after graduating. Fico said that in view of the fact that the state spends €50,000-55,000 on educating each doctor, he’ll propose that they should be given two options – either to pay off the bill after graduating, or to stay in Slovakia for at least ten years.