Viche 2011 19

19, 2011

Is a gift to a doctor corruption or thanking?

In any case the changes in the relationship patient-doctor are necessary

According to the declared principles of the Ukrainian state that remained from the Soviet model of social security medical services are free of charge to the public. However, the state fails to realize this principle. Therefore in the health protection sphere the practice of informal (unofficial) payments made by the patients for medical services has been established. In its turn, it results in public debate, on the one hand, on corruption in the medical sphere, and, on the other hand, on non-compliance of its fundamental principles to the market realities. Due to that the reformation of the health protection sphere is of current urgency, the issue of informal payments in medicine is the subject of another discussion.