Doctors on the take

Almost Sk12 billion crowns ($250 million) is handed over to Slovak doctors in bribes every year.

The daily Narodna obroda quotes "prices" for securing successful operations at between $100 for having an appendix removed to $400 for a heart operation. The average Slovak monthly wage is $200.

Doctors can also be bribed into signing medical certificates exempting people from military service. at a cost of $1,000.

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News digest: Health care staff still lacking, president asks for amends

Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.

The Bratislava Self-Governing Region started testing its staff on October 30.

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says

President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

President Zuzana Čaputová met with the representatives of the armed forces.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

Health care professionals still lacking ahead of Saturday's testing

Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.

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