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Hungarians gave doctors HUF 32 billion in gratuity payments in 2009

Hungarians of an economically active age paid a combined HUF 32 billion in gratuity payments to doctors last year, business daily Világgazdaság said on Friday, quoting a survey by healthcare research institute GKI-EKI and commissioned by insurance company AXA. Most Hungarians still believe that they receive better medical treatment if they tip doctors, and said that unless they go to see the doctor with an envelope prepared they receive less attention in the waiting room from nurses and from doctors themselves. Total expenditures targeted for healthcare services amounted to HUF 715 billion in the central budget last year and come to HUF 730 billion in 2010. (MTI-Econews)