The Russians did not have enough money to bribe doctors

The percentage of respondents giving bribes to doctors has dropped dramatically over the last three years. This is stated in the study of the Higher school of Economics “the Consumption of medical services and medicines during the economic downturn”, published on Tuesday, September 26.

According to the Institute for social policy studies, “the prevalence of informal payments” decreased “adverse changes in the economy.” If in 2013 the bribes in hospitals gave 71.5 percent of Russians, that in 2016 their number was reduced to 48.5%.

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“In situations where the obligation to pay is not fixed by law, patients have experienced falling incomes are less readily thanked the doctors for covered treatment,” the study says.

Indicates that during the economic downturn 2014-2016, which was accompanied by a fall in real incomes by 13 percent family of Russia, began to significantly save not only bribery, but also medical services in General. In particular, during this period of time from treatment in private clinics refused 17.3% of Russians, while 42.8 per cent have reduced their spending. The least “sagging” branch of medicine is dentistry.

Saving drugs as commodities is not so large, the researchers write, nevertheless, 2.5 percent of Russians completely stopped buying them during the crisis, and 35.2 percent of citizens began to spend much less.

It is noted that the study was based on data of the Russian monitoring of economic situation and population health HSE for 2007-2016.