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Transparency International’s Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Programme’s Diagnosing corruption in healthcare takes a broad look at health systems across the globe and identifies 8 areas highly vulnerable to corruption:
- Health system governance
- Health system regulation
- Research and development
- Product distribution and storage
- Financial and workforce management
- Delivery of healthcare services
As part of this research TI-PHP interviewed a series of health experts and anti-corruption specialists. Some went as far as to argue that the whole system is broken, as multiple individuals, companies and groups involved in healthcare are placing their private self-interests over wider public health goals.
From the politician to the patient, corruption is part of doing business in the healthcare sector all over the world. Corruption is pervasive within healthcare to the extent it has become normalised.
Information collected from a literature review, key informant interviews, and a survey with healthcare professionals was used to identify the main corruption types in the healthcare sector and provide contextual information on the profile for each type. The result is 37 corruption types organised into eight areas of a health system.
This report offers an overview of the findings from the project. Further content including explanations for each corruption type, case studies, podcasts, and further reading can be found at the website ti-health.org.