Corruption has become prevalent in healthcare to the point that it is normalised. From the politician to the patient, individuals routinely place their own private interests above public health goals and patient health outcomes. That was the conclusion from speaking to thirty public health experts and anti-corruption specialists across the globe, as part of our most recent research project.
Our earlier research had shown that those working in the healthcare sector have a low understanding of corruption. Previous attempts at providing an overview of the types of corruption in the sector, while providing an excellent resource for those dedicated to the subject, had been complex and lacked comprehensiveness. Our new publication Diagnosing Corruption in Healthcare [http://www.transparency.org.uk/publications/diagnosing-corruption-in-healthcare/], which we launched at the opening session of the World Health Summit yesterday, aims to bring all the relevant information into one space. We have produced a "map" of corruption in healthcare that contains 37 types of corruption that are clustered into eight areas in health systems.
On our new website ti-health.org you can explore the map fully. Take a look at the explanations of each type of corruption, understand better how they occur in practice by examining some case studies, and if you still want to learn more there are links to other resources on the web.
Please also note that we will be publishing an eight-episode podcast series. Each episode will cover one of the eight corruption categories identified in our research. The first episode will be published this Wednesday, providing an introduction to corruption in healthcare and exploring how corruption can occur in the high-level governance of a health system.
We hope that those working in the healthcare sector, from doctors and nurses to company compliance officers and directors, will be able to use this "map" to better understand the corruption risks in the work. We also hope this map will prompt policy makers, in the public health and anti-corruption fields, to tackle this formidable challenge that endangers health outcomes around the world.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016