The Riigikogu concluded the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Health Care Services Organisation Act and the Labour Market Services and Benefits Act (128 SE), initiated by the Estonian Reform Party Faction and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction. The aim of the Bill is to establish an allowances system allowing a start-up allowance in an amount of up to 15000 euro for doctors commencing their practice with a view to motivating them to take up practice in rural areas. The allowance is meant for doctors who after the completion of residency commence work at local and general hospitals and in family physician practices which are located outside the attraction centres of Tallinn and Tartu or the regions bordering thereon. The Bill creates preconditions for better ensurance of opportunities of people who are looking for a job. It also harmonises the rules on helping job seekers with regard to the principles for the calculation of and the rates of benefits.
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