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Hungary's ruling MSZP vows to stick to medical reforms despite referendum
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15:10, March 08, 2008

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Hungary's ruling Socialist Party (MSZP) Friday vowed to stick to its medical reforms regardless of the results of an upcoming referendum on the program.

MSZP chief ldiko Lendvai told the official MTI news agency that the outcome of the referendum will not interrupt the implementation of the reforms, without which the systems of healthcare, higher education or pensions would collapse.

On Sunday, Hungarian voters will go to the polls to decide if they want to reverse the key components of the government's reform program, including medical co-payments for their visits to doctors, daily fees for being hospitalized and university tuition fees.

The referendum, which will be the sixth of its kind since 1989,was initiated by the main opposition centre-right Fidesz party.

Pollster Szonda Ipsos Friday predicted a roughly 40 percent turnout for the referendum. It also forecast that 82 percent of voters would scrap co-payments, as against 12 percent in favor of the measure. They are also likely to vote 83:11 to halt daily fees, and 81:12 to terminate college tuition fees.

Similar predictions were made by two other public opinion pollsters Median and Szazadveg-Forsense.

Source: Xinhua

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