A health care system that can make its patients pray to die is caused by the same regional and political conflicts that affect so much of life in Bosnia Herzegovina, according to health officials. But the surprisingly low priority that public officials give health care system reform may have the most devastating effects on everyday life.
CIN’s team goes looking for the 987 million KM spent last year on BiH health care. Auditors and health officials say they cannot find it.
Dr. Zijad Lagumdžija of Sarajevo became the first doctor in BiH history to be convicted of soliciting bribes from his patients. While some of his colleagues deny there is any real problem with bribery, others think it is a harmful custom that should end. They agree that patients like the three who complained about Dr. Lagumdžija can make that happen.