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Reader feedback: Slovaks used to corruption

Re: 'Corruption sucks our blood', By Martina Pisárová, Feb 10 - 16, Vol 9, No 5

Corruption is a way of life in Slovakia. Even when not asked, the people are willing to pay or to give a present [to get what they want]. There are people for whom this is a part of any transaction.

The worst of it is in the hospitals, starting with nurses and ending with doctors. In order to get treatment you are entitled to, you have to bribe the nurses with gifts and envelopes. If, out of principle, you do not give this fee, you will be neglected, and most amazing of all, everyone accepts this bribing with a smile without a complaint. Slovakia should be should ashamed. The citizens should cry out loud but you hear nothing.

Luis Araujo, Portugal

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