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Understanding corruption in health systems – an overview

Author Affiliations

  • 1College of Public Health and Health Informatics, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
  • 2Deptt. of Planning & Evaluation, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Munirka, New Delhi-110067, India
  • 3College of Public Health and Health Informatics, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
  • 4Deptt. of Planning & Evaluation, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Munirka, New Delhi-110067, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 6, Issue (6), Pages 15-20, June,14 (2017)


Corruption is one of the critical challenges facing the health systems across the world. Although corruption occurs in most countries, but its effects are particularly devastating in low income countries. There are many aspects of corruption and it may vary in magnitude and impact in terms of health outcomes. As corruption in health system is multifaceted and complex in nature all stakeholders in health system – government, payers, providers, professional associations, citizens and international bodies need to be involved. Most importantly, a strong political will should be a precursor for effective implementation of anti-corruption regulations and corruption free health systems.


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