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[Correspondence] Health workforce management in Romania

On June 4, 2015, the High Court of Cassation and Justice in Romania made the decision to criminalise the act of public sector physicians receiving any informal payments from patients.1 The decision sparked an intense debate. Although some physicians and patients support physicians’ right to be compensated for the services provided, others reject informal payments, mainly because the practice prevents those who cannot pay from accessing health care, and can be embarrassing for the physicians who receive them.

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