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Formal and Informal Payments (Bribes and Gifts) in the Medical Care Sector in Russia

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Mark Wheeler

Department

Economics

Presentation Date

4-24-2015

Document Type

Poster

Abstract

Corruption in the medical care sector in Russia is a widespread phenomenon, which imposes additional costs to all operating agents. I consider the supply side of this market and four types of medical care expenditures that a person has while undergoing health care service: official payment, unofficial payment (monetary bribe), gift (non-monetary unofficial payment) and the cost of voluntary medical insurance. I use 2011 Russian household level data to analyze the relationship between the size of a household’s overall health care expenditures and income level at its different quantiles.

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