On Wednesday, the parliamentary health committee approved a proposal to increase doctors’ salaries. It is recommended to the Plenum of the National Council (NR) of the Slovak Republic to approve it. It also recommends approving it in abbreviated legislative proceedings.

The proposed changes are a response to the requirements of the Medical Trade Union (LOZ). According to the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Slovak Republic, they are supposed to ensure the withdrawal of mass dismissals of doctors, but also to prevent a decrease in interest in studying in the field of health care. Also to prevent the departure of health workers from the system, or their transfer to other states.

According to the proposal, from January 1, 2023, the coefficient of the minimum salary for a doctor should be 2.5 times the average salary for certified doctors, 1.5 times for non-certified doctors. In addition, it should increase according to years of experience.

Non-certified doctors should have their salary increased by 0.015 times the average salary for each year of experience, certified doctors by 0.025 times for a period of 30 years. From January 1, 2025, the coefficient for years of service for certified doctors is to be increased to 0.03 times the average salary for a period of 30 years. The government cabinet also approved the proposal on Tuesday (November 29).

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