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Hungary's Doctor Shortage

Low pay at home, plus poor prospects and conditions, spur hundreds of physicians each year to seek work elsewhere in the EU

For seven months, psychiatrist Ildiko Szabo got up every day before 5 a.m. and caught the first train from Szeged to Budapest. Three hours later she would be sitting in a Swedish language class. In the afternoon she took the train home to southern Hungary and prepared dinner for her three children. After they went to bed, she would go online to practice her Swedish.

One week after finishing the exhausting course and passing a language exam, and after 23 years of practicing psychiatry in her homeland, Szabo left Hungary with her husband and kids for a job in Orebro County, Sweden.