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.
10. Dec 2001 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA