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Open Access Debate

Combating healthcare corruption and fraud with improved global health governance

Tim K Mackey12* and Bryan A Liang134

Author Affiliations

1 Institute of Health Law Studies, California Western School of Law, San Diego Center for Patient Safety, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, 350 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA, 92101, USA

2 Joint Doctoral Program on Global Health, University of California San Diego-San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA

3 San Diego Center for Patient Safety, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, 350 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA, 92101, USA

4 Department of Anesthesiology, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA

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BMC International Health and Human Rights 2012, 12:23  doi:10.1186/1472-698X-12-23

Published: 22 October 2012

Abstract

Corruption is a serious threat to global health outcomes, leading to financial waste and adverse health consequences. Yet, forms of corruption impacting global health are endemic worldwide in public and private sectors, and in developed and resource-poor settings alike. Allegations of misuse of funds and fraud in global health initiatives also threaten future investment. Current domestic and sectorial-level responses are fragmented and have been criticized as ineffective. In order to address this issue, we propose a global health governance framework calling for international recognition of “global health corruption” and development of a treaty protocol to combat this crucial issue.

Keywords:
Global health; Global health governance; Corruption; Informal economy; International law; Health policy; Health system strengthening