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Poor, elderly most likely to bribe doctors

AROUND 39 percent of Slovaks have bribed a doctor in the past five years. Some of those have resorted to bribery several times. The MVK agency poll, carried out on behalf of the daily SME, reveals, ironically, that the elderly and those on low incomes are most likely to bribe a doctor.

The reason appears to be a lack of money for medicine. Sixty-nine percent of pensioners said they do have enough money for medicine and 53 percent said the price of medicine is not affordable to them at all. "There are about 4,200 types of medicine for which people either do not have to pay at all or must make a contribution of only Sk20(€0.51)," he said.

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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

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

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