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Doctors taking bribes in Poland


Wroclaw Boy    
5 Mar 2010  #1
I've heard people in Poland try to always bribe doctors, as far as people I know are concerned its a necessity in Poland, not so much for myself as im English.....they do try harder for foreigners - well Western foreigners atleast. But some Polish families they bribe and they ALWAYS accept.

I'd be interested to find out others perspectives on this issue.

Do we drive the machine paying bribes?
Do Doctors really earn enough without bribes?
Who pays the bribes, im thinking its the poor people that are more likely to shove a few hundred zloty in the Doctors back pockets.

How integrated in the system is this corrupt procedure?
Does it come down to who pays and who does not? I'm sure it does, fcuk that i know it does. Can any foreigners imagine paying a bribe in Britian, France, Germany or America?

Bribes really do save lives...................................in Poland..................
Magdalena 3 | 1,837    
5 Mar 2010  #2
Do we drive the machine paying bribes?

I'd say YES. In this instance supply creates demand IMHO.
I've never bribed a doctor in my life, and have never been asked (directly or indirectly) for a bribe. And I am still here to tell the tale ;-)
Seanus 15 | 19,716    
5 Mar 2010  #3
I don't need to bribe doctors as I'm as fit as a fiddle and have an NFZ card anyway.

It all depends on the scale of the treatment you need.
Amathyst 19 | 2,704    
5 Mar 2010  #4
Do we drive the machine paying bribes?

Yes, but I think if the attitute of many doesnt change a few wont make a difference...Its a case of "well, they pay, they get better treatment" If everyone said no, then attitude would be different, but thats easy for me to say because I dont live in a country where its the "norm"

Do Doctors really earn enough without bribes?

Its all relative really...A Doctor will earn more than a cleaner..and of course, he has taken a different path, but what he has that the cleaner doesnt is a whole host of moral ethic codes, for me Doctors that take bribes are breaking these ethic codes.

Who pays the bribes, im thinking its the poor people that are more likely to shove a few hundred zloty in the Doctors back pockets.

So they are extracting money from people they know really cant afford it? No ethics!

Can any foreigners imagine paying a bribe in Britian, France, Germany or America?

Not in my wildest dreams, but we do have this senario:

Wait 3 months on the NHS or pay to go private - so in Poland you give a backhander or in the UK you are forced to pay to go private (to see the same consultant by the way - you can ring him direct and make an appointment for his "private clinic")...Either way its the consultant that gets more cash...And this is becoming more and more the norm...I mentioned on a thread a while ago about my mum...
bullfrog 6 | 603    
5 Mar 2010  #5
Been five years in POland and never had to bribe anyone...
TIT 5 | 211    
5 Mar 2010  #6

When they see your mug and tattoos they don't consider you as a westerner but a Brit working class folk who try to bribe them. Don't think so high about yourself.
Torq 26 | 2,362    
5 Mar 2010  #7
Doctors taking bribes in Poland

Doctors taking bribes in USA...

hubpages.com/hub/Are_Drug_Companies_Bribing_Our_Doctors

Doctors taking bribes in Israel...

jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=58459

Doctors taking bribes in UK...

theoneclickgroup.co.uk/news.php?start=3020&end=3040&view=yes&id=3993

30 seconds of Google search.

It probably happens in Poland as well, but personally I've been treated in Polish hospitals
3 times in my life and I've never had any experience with bribes (first or second hand -
nothing).
Amathyst 19 | 2,704    
5 Mar 2010  #8
When they see your mug and tattoos they don't consider you as a westerner but a Brit working class folk who try to bribe them. Don't think so high about yourself.

Said the Bangladeshi! LOL...Keepem coming, you're too funny! At least working class in Britain means a flushing toilet and not rumaging in on rubbish tip!
Trevek 26 | 1,703    
5 Mar 2010  #9
It must work for some patients. My wife's grnadmother had an appointment at a local clinic and had to sit for over 2 hours past the appointment time because other patients were just able to walk into the doctor's surgery in-front of her.

Pretty disgusting, really, especially as she wasn't the only old person waiting.
OP Wroclaw Boy    
5 Mar 2010  #10
When they see your mug and tattoos they don't consider you as a westerner but a Brit working class folk who try to bribe them. Don't think so high about yourself.

Ive been hospitalised once in Poland, my wife paid a bribe on by behalf after surgery (appendix), the bribes i pay and have paid are for Polish family members, the doctors have never even laid eyes on me.

Your Polish right TIT youre ashamed i can tell, youve lived in the UK and your jealous, im sorry about that.... The fact is its so deep rooted in your corrupt culture it defies belief, it really comes down to a case of BRIBES SAVING LIVES, you poor, poor nation.................

Not many Poles will come on this thread and admit it as theyre embarressed as you are, merely try to ridicule instead as you did, very noble that.....

Heres a pearl of wisdom, stand up man, be a man, then and only then can you make a change, its not my fcuking country, people like you need to stand up....... puszy boy..

TORQ,

Dont pull that shite its as common here as taking a pee, you bribe doctors the same as you would buy vegetables. And you know it....... Question what are you going to do about it?????????????
TIT 5 | 211    
5 Mar 2010  #11
Heres a pearl of wisdom

from you? must be an oxymoron
Amathyst 19 | 2,704    
5 Mar 2010  #12
Your Polish right TIT youre ashamed

He's Bangladeshi.

youve lived in the UK

Only until he got his British passport!
OP Wroclaw Boy    
5 Mar 2010  #13
from you? must be an oxymoron

Take the advice or not, i respect your opinion though even if it is flawed. You have the classic bend over and take it mentality, predominant of the average Pole, its a "cant beat them join them attitude" Torq is a fighter, i have hope for this guy.
Seanus 15 | 19,716    
5 Mar 2010  #14
Torq shows heart&soul. He is a well-travelled guy and is right on the money with many of his comments. I can testify to his generosity too. He is Polish in that he defends his own but is more balanced than many.

So, Torq, it is a running joke that Polish doctors accept bribes. Any first-hand experiences as I haven't had any?
Torq 26 | 2,362    
5 Mar 2010  #15
So, Torq, it is a running joke that Polish doctors accept bribes. Any first-hand experiences as I haven't had any?

I didn't have any first-hand experience, but I've heard stories. I won't repeat them here though.

I might discuss this issue on a Polish forum (I mean Polish language forum with Polish members)
but not here. We have a saying in Poland - "Zły to ptak, co własne gniazdo kala", which roughly
translates to "It is a bad bird, that shi*ts to his own nest".

Gotta beat it, lads. Goodnight.
Seanus 15 | 19,716    
5 Mar 2010  #16
Gotta beat it? That's a bit private for a public forum, wouldn't you say? ;) ;)

A surprisingly sheltered response from Torq. I speak Polish well enough to know what that idiom means but you feel that you can only discuss it with Poles? Isn't that lame? I'm surprised, Torq.
Harry    
5 Mar 2010  #17
I didn't have any first-hand experience, but I've heard stories. I won't repeat them here though.

I've got first hand experience: my girlfriend spent five nights in a Warsaw hospital last year, supposedly one of the best in town. She spent the first three nights on a trolley in the corridor (I was trying to bribe staff to get her a bed but we didn't actually ever see anybody who could make the decision to give her a bed!) and then two nights in a room. None of the toilets on the entire floor had any toilet paper or any soap or any paper towels or hand driers, but they all had taps which you needed to hold firmly to turn on & off. I've increased our private health care package to include hospitalisation (in an entirely private hospital).
Nika 2 | 507    
5 Mar 2010  #18
We have a saying in Poland - "Zły to ptak, co własne gniazdo kala", which roughly translates to "It is a bad bird, that shi*ts to his own nest".

I speak Polish well enough to know what that idiom means but you feel
that you can only discuss it with Poles? Isn't that lame? I'm surprised, Torq.

I see very well what Torq means. And you are right Seanus, we discuss certain things only among Poles.
That's just the way it is.
Harry    
5 Mar 2010  #19
And you are right Seanus, we discuss certain things only among Poles.
That's just the way it is.

Institutionalised racism?
TIT 5 | 211    
5 Mar 2010  #20
I see very well what Torq means. And you are right Seanus, we discuss certain things only among Poles.

do you mean we are all Dulskie from Zapolska novels?
Nika 2 | 507    
5 Mar 2010  #21
Institutionalised racism?

How did you know Harry???!!!!
Matyjasz 2 | 1,544    
5 Mar 2010  #22
I have never bribed a doctor, but than again I have never been in a sitution in which I would need to. I did hear a lot of stories about it though.

And when my wife got discharged after she gave birth to my daughter I did give the hospital staff some chocolates and coffe... Could we consider it a bribe or not? It was definately sooo PRL. :)
Seanus 15 | 19,716    
5 Mar 2010  #23
Faen! What a farce! Fanden! Let's keep bribes under wraps, let's revert to the ways of those commies in China ;) ;)

Fjandinn! Fan! Nothing like insiders getting a clear look-in, though. Ach, Perkele! :)

This is an open forum so let's keep it that way ;)
Nika 2 | 507    
6 Mar 2010  #24
do you mean we are all Dulskie from Zapolska novels?

Call it whatever you want TIT.
I'm going to repeat after Torq "Zły to ptak, co własne gniazdo kala". That's how I would call it.

Again, that's just the way it is, there's no hidden, bad intentions or racism to it guys!
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,170    
6 Mar 2010  #25

Do you realize that you have just admitted committing crimes penalized with imprisonment for up to 10 years ?
TIT 5 | 211    
6 Mar 2010  #26
what about dentists? can you bribe them?
compare now NHS to Sluzba Zdrowia
have you ever seen a typical British teeth?
thats not a myth
Amathyst 19 | 2,704    
6 Mar 2010  #27
Do you realize that you have just admitted committing crimes penalized with imprisonment for up to 10 years ?

Im sure the Doctors taking the bribes are not going to say anything :D

I might discuss this issue on a Polish forum (I mean Polish language forum with Polish members)
but not here. We have a saying in Poland - "Zły to ptak, co własne gniazdo kala", which roughly
translates to "It is a bad bird, that shi*ts to his own nest".

So its okay to discuss something that happens with ones nationals..but not to admit to it when its mentioned on a forum of non nationals? (even thought people know about it>)

bad intentions or racism to it guys!

Whats racist about taking bribes from your own countrymen? Its corrupt, not racist.

compare now NHS to Sluzba Zdrowia
have you ever seen a typical British teeth?
thats not a myth

Have you smelt a Bangladeshi..thats not a myth either!

By the way, we all get free dental care in the UK to a certain age its up to parents to get their kids teeth sorted mine are straight (includes orthodontic treatment). What do you get in Bangladesh? You lot are lucky if you get a band aid if you have cancer!..
Matyjasz 2 | 1,544    
6 Mar 2010  #28
compare now NHS to Sluzba Zdrowia
have you ever seen a typical British teeth?
thats not a myth

Actually, according to some survey I stumbled uppon few weeks ago, the only nations that have worse teeth than Poles in the EU are Hungarians and Estonians. Maybe this myth should be changed? :)
TIT 5 | 211    
6 Mar 2010  #29
I've been to many countries in Europe, believe me, no such teeth like in UK you can get elsewhere in EU, maybe Romanian Gypsies are similar ones with no dental focusing really.
beelzebub - | 444    
6 Mar 2010  #30
In the USA the costs are so high that unless you have insurance you can't afford it. Ton's of people get left in the cracks. Even WITH insurance you often pay more in associated fees than you would if you paid cash in Poland.

I don't care if the doctors take bribes as long as they do a good job. They get paid hardly anything in Poland anyway...I don't know how they get so many to bother with all the schooling since the salaries are so pathetic.


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