Amount of bribes paid out in Romania

Back in 2005, the World Bank reported that up to $1 Million a day was being paid out in bribes across Romania.

The high level of corruption has affected the country’s health care industry, with the Associated Press reporting that nurses expect cash payments in order to change bed sheets and to put in drips.

Around 2,800 doctors in Romania left the country in 2011 due to frustration with the corruption and old equipment.

As a result, one out of 100 babies born in Romania does not live to their first birthday, more than double the average rate in the European Union.

(Additional types of corruption and its impact.)

Source:  Associated Press, “Doctor saves babies caught in Romania corruption,” Google News, March 31, 2012.