Accepted Paper:

Neither commodities nor gifts: informal dealings and uncertainty in the Romanian health care services  

Author:

Sabina Stan (Dublin City University)

Paper short abstract:

In the Romanian health care system, juggling with uncertainty is used by both the patients and health care personnel to ascertain social standing. Uncertainty is at the heart of the dealings between them as informal payments for treatment are somewhere between gifts and commodities.

Paper long abstract:

In the Romanian health care system, juggling with uncertainty is used by both the patients and health care personnel to ascertain social standing. Uncertainty is at the heart of the dealings between them as informal payments for treatment are deliberately kept in between the statuses of gifts and commodities.

Panel W058
Moral journeys: manifestations of certainty and uncertainty across Europe