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This chapter explores the prevalence of informal payments in public healthcare services in Greece. To evaluate the relationship between extra payments or valuable gifts (apart from official fees) and the level of acceptability of corruption, as well as the socio-spatial variations in the tendency to offer informal payments, data from a 2013 Eurobarometer survey is reported. Using logistic regression analysis, the finding is that patients with a high acceptability of corruption, those considering corruption as a very widespread phenomenon and those located in rural areas are more likely to offer, apart from official fees, extra payments or valuable gifts for healthcare services. The chapter concludes by discussing the health policy implications.
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