In a interview, Health Minister Eugen Nicolaescu was confronted last week by resident doctor Paul Ionescu about the salary he and his colleagues receive. In a rare, direct display of outrage Ionescu urged Nicolaescu to push health reform and pay residents and doctors decent salaries.

Ionescu added that he will leave for France, where he recently earned a job paid with 2,000 euro per month, as compared to 400 euro per month he receives in Romania.

When faced with real data facts, Nicolaescu put forward some possible future reforms that plan to set increase salaries by 10-12%.

No matter the reforms undertaken by the Health Ministry, it is clear that Romania faces a doctor's deficit and the gap will continue to deepen if salaries fail to attract and sustain good doctors and young ones that want to make a difference.