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Czech nurse enticed by perky perk

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A new incentive plan offered to Czech nurses includes an assortment of plastic surgery procedures.  The Czech health-care system offers plastic surgery “ranging from a €1,425 tummy tuck to a €1,300 face lift, in return for signing a three-year contract,” according to the New York Times.

“I would rather have plastic surgery than a free car,” said Ms. Kalivodova, who opted for cosmetic breast surgery that would normally cost €2,600, or about $3,500, as well as liposuction on her thighs and stomach. These were physical enhancements, she said, that she could not afford on her €1,000 a month salary.

“I feel better when I look in the mirror,” she added. “We were always taught that if a nurse is nice, intelligent, loves her work and looks attractive, then patients will recover faster.” (NYT)

Offering the plastic surgery incentive,  according to the managing director of the private surgery clinic where Kalivodova is a surgical nurse, is less expensive than raising salaries.  Other perks in Kalivodova’s contract include free German lessons and a five weeks paid vacation.

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