April 5th, 2017

EHFCN-NZa Book on Healthcare fraud, corruption and waste in Europe

Is your healthcare system protected?

Jo De Cock, CEO of the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI), Belgium


Nobody can deny that fraud, corruption and waste are important threats for health care systems. We need to make sure that the investments in health care systems are properly protected against fraud, corruption and waste. Therefore, a good comprehension of the typology of this phenomena, the development of appropriate strategies and the use of the right solutions are essential elements of good governance of health systems.

This book on ‘Healthcare fraud, corruption and waste in Europe. National and academic perspectives’, coordinated by the EHCFN, provides guidance on this topic and gives also a comprehensive overview of policies which were put in place in different European countries.

It is a duty of every policymaker to integrate the right approaches in the management of the health system.

Therefore this book offers a lot of theoretical and practical information. It is a must have and a must read.

Wasted money means wasted lives

prof. dr. Lieven Annemans,  Department of Public Health, Ghent University and VUB


Indeed, the healthcare money that is wasted as such is not anymore available to invest in prevention programs, to reimburse innovations that add value, or to invest in programs to ensure equal access to high quality care.

The aim of healthcare policies should be to optimize the health of citizens taking into account the budgetary limitations, and within a system based on solidarity. Indeed, good healthcare is a fundamental human right and healthcare policies need to protect this right. In this regard, practices generally labeled as fraud, such as charging for excessively expensive care, charging for services not provided, providing unnecessary services etc. are contra-productive to say the least.

The merit of this book on ‘Healthcare fraud, corruption and waste in Europe. National and academic perspectives’– that is co-edited with NZa (The Dutch Health Authority) – is not only that it helps to define, recognize, analyze and develop the capacity to tackle fraud.

The reader also understands the possible outcomes and achievements of efficient counter-fraud activity. Hence, it illustrates that there is a large and realistic potential to save money, that could and should be re-invested in healthcare.  As such this book will help to spend our healthcare money better and produce healthy life years.

Therefore it provides a major contribution to our healthcare policy objectives! 


Is healthcare fraud, corruption and waste a threat to the sustainability of European healthcare systems ?

René Jansen, President EHFCN, Member of the Board of NZa


It is undeniable that healthcare fraud, corruption and waste are a serious and growing threat to the sustainability and the quality of European healthcare systems. Unfortunately for many years, a lack of objective information and hard evidence has stood in the way of finding efficient and effective solutions to tackle the problem.

This book on Healthcare fraud, corruption and waste in Europe. National and academic perspectives’ provides a better understanding of the nature of these phenomena.

It offers best practices from European countries and a unique comparative overview of healthcare fraud, corruption and waste and how to tackle it.