The death of a 61-year old homeless man, who was denied appropriate health care in western Slovakia's Trnava, has provoked a wide public debate on the quality of Slovak health care and the ethics of physicians.
According to a poll conducted by the Focus polling agency for Transparency International, Slovaks do not take access to high quality health care for granted.
The poll claims that health care is a sphere where corruption and bribery are the most widespread in Slovakia; 40 percent of the respondents claimed that during the past two years they bribed a physician.
Almost one third of the 1035 respondents claimed that they gave some kind of gift to their physician during the past two years.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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22. Oct 2003 at 11:46