The opposition party Save Romania Union (USR) wants to eliminate the widespread practice of offering “money gifts” to doctors. It submitted to the Senate a draft bill providing that a patient can give donations only to the health care unit where he was taken care of, and not to doctors.
Moreover, the donations are to be displayed monthly on a web page created by the Ministry of Health, reports local Mediafax.
Although according to an article of the current patient rights law the patient may offer extra-payments or donations to the employees or to the unit where he was taken care of, in accordance to the law, the High Court stated that “the act of a physician hired under a contract of employment in a hospital unit in the public health system to receive additional payments or donations from patients does not constitute an exercise of a right recognized by law,” and he may legally answer for it, according to the draft bill’s initiators. In other words, although patients are allowed to give extra-payments or donations to doctors, the physicians are not allowed to receive them.
USR says that “the right to gratitude” can’t be considered a valid argument in favor of maintaining this widespread practice of offering “money gifts” to doctors.
The Chamber of Deputies will have the final say on this bill.
Irina Marica, [email protected]