Do we drive the machine paying bribes?
Good question and I would have to say Yes.
If we continue to give bribes people will continue to take them.
Do Doctors really earn enough without bribes?
Another good question, I was a teacher when I first came to Poland and I was told I was earning more than a fully qualified doctor and all I had done was a TELF course, I had gone to college in Ireland but English teaching was well paid and I had everything sorted out before I came here.
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.
Sick people pay the bribes, I know it sounds obvious but you know yourself, when you are sick you will do almost anything not to be sick any more.
How integrated in the system is this corrupt procedure?
I don't know about Poland but I was amazed that it is part of the system in lithuania.
I could not believe Lithuania's attitude, I even had one (25ish year old) protest to me that if they didn't bribe, how would they know how much to pay the doctors??? Not the brightest of sparks
A friend went to a specialist in Lithuania, he is the only person in his field of expetise in the Baltic countries (there is on specialist for Poland).
I thought it was demeaning to have to pay the doctor a brown envelope. He worked his butt off to became a specialist and is so underpaid that he has to take extra money, it is insulting to everyone.
Bribes really do save lives...................................
Until there is a crack down, like in other areas of Polish day to day living, it will continue.