[Ed. – In other words, Romania considers legalizing an already widespread turn toward market forces so people can get better health care. Behold America’s future. Emphasis added.]
Romania is moving toward legalizing a widespread practice in many Eastern European countries, where medical staff is underpaid and quality can be dodgy: bribes for better service.
The government is expected to introduce criteria by which informal payments patients make to doctors, nurses and other public health workers, would be legal. These payments are widespread in the poorly funded Romanian health care system.
These couldn’t be demanded by the medical staff, would have to be given after the health service is performed and would have to be declared to be taxed. The Romanian government prefers to call these gifts given out of gratitude rather than bribes or tips for better patient care. Doctors’ groups are split about the proposal. …
A holdover from the communist era, the bribes have also been a common practice in other central and Eastern European countries.