Doctors in Slovakia are trying to shrug off the bad reputation they have for taking bribes, according to a new plan by the doctors trade union LOZ.
The special campaign aptly called ‘No thanks, I don’t take bribes” was announced earlier this week, with one of the ideas being to get doctors to wear a badge saying they don’t accept bribes.
This has also raised the question over what a bribe is, however. Does it include the coffee, chocolates and alcohol so readily bestowed on doctors by grateful patients, for instance?
Even the trade union’s lawyer Anton Chromik is cited by SME daily as saying although they don’t want to encourage people to give doctors these kinds of gifts, accepting a box of chocolates or flowers is not a problem.