Bribery for Births in Bosnia

Expectant mothers in Bosnia-Herzegovina are used to handing over envelopes full of cash to doctors before their labor and delivery—even though state-run health care should cover all maternal costs. 

  • Some 1 million euros in bribes were given in maternity wards last year, according to a survey by Baby Steps, a Bosnia NGO trying to end “corruption in childbirth.”
  • The survey of 2,713 mothers across the country found that 50% had given money or a gift to medical staff to ensure care like anesthetic during sutures or more personal attention from a doctor.

Government officials, meanwhile, say they have 0 reports of corruption in the last decade. “That in itself tells us just how big a problem we have,” the head of Baby Steps said. 

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

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