Corruption in the health care. Cover Image

Korupcja w ochronie zdrowia.
Corruption in the health care.

Author(s): Anna Ewa Chodorowska, Joanna Magdalena Stopińska
Subject(s): Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Criminology, Health and medicine and law
Published by: Wydawnictwo Wyższej Szkoły Gospodarki Euroregionalnej im. Alcide De Gasperi w Józefowie
Keywords: Health Service; pharmaceutical lobby; anticorruption actions; bribery; paid protection; National Health Fund; Medical Code of Ethics;

Summary/Abstract: The corruption is a serious problem of the modern world. It is a universal phenomenon, appearing on all continents, in every country of world. It assums different forms - from the easiest forms of the bribery to the most complicated ones, as theft, protection and fraud. The fight against corruption is a multipronged action, involves all institutions of the state and the whole societies. The following article is devoted to the phenomenon of the corruption in the Health Care. It presents mechanisms of corruption which function in chosen relations i.e. doctor-patient, doctor – pharmaceutical company, doctor- National Health Fund, doctor- public institution of the health service, pharmaceutical lobby - the legislative and executive branch. The authors are discussing the mechanisms of corruption which act as a part of the system of the health care in quoted relations. They propose three areas of anticorruption actions for breaking the corruption arrangement:legislative, educational, organizational and system. In their evaluation, one should aim, above all, at the rationalisation and proper financing of the system; improving the transparency of supplied services in the public health service and putting an emphasis for the adherence to the principles of the Medical Code of Ethics.

  • Issue Year: 15/2012
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 163-181
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Polish