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Informal Out-of-Pocket Payments For Health Care in Russia

Shishkin S.V., Bogatova T., Chernets V., Chirikova A., Potapchik Y.G., Shilova L.

This book provides an overview of a study that was undertaken by Independent Institute for Social Policy in 2002 under financial support from the Moscow Public Science Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) . Data generated in the course of face-to-face interviews with health care professionals in two Russian regions allows to make judgements about the prevalence of informal payments for health services made by patients at various health care institutions and units thereof. Authors argue that such payments have become a tool that patients and doctors use to adapt to realities of the transitional period. The book describes existing informal payment rules and schemes. Authors have analyzed personal and group norms regarding informal payments, as well as health professionals’ attitudes towards their legalization. Data generated by the study has been used to assess the impact of legalization of informal payments for health services in Russia

Informal Out-of-Pocket Payments For Health Care in Russia