Bribe-based healthcareA survey carried out by the Latvian Patient's Rights Office earlier this year has discovered that most of the medical care patients in Latvia have given bribes to doctors for treatment, with 11 percent of these claiming that medical staff had even demanded money.The survey shows that 54 percent of patients paid doctors unofficially. Eleven percent of bribe-givers claimed they paid on demand, while 26 percent said they did so following "hints" given by doctors, and 63 percent said they simply wanted to thank the health care workers for good work.Specialists have determi...
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