Corruption in health-care systems and its effect on cancer care in Africa

Saskia Mostert, Festus Njuguna, Gilbert Olbara, Solomon Sindano, Mei Neni Sitaresmi, Eddy Supriyadi, Gertjan Kaspers

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At the government, hospital, and health-care provider level, corruption plays a major role in health-care systems in Africa. The returns on health investments of international financial institutions, health organisations, and donors might be very low when mismanagement and dysfunctional structures of health-care systems are not addressed. More funding might even aggravate corruption. We discuss corruption and its effects on cancer care within the African health-care system in a sociocultural context. The contribution of high-income countries in stimulating corruption is also described. Corrupt African governments cannot be expected to take the initiative to eradicate corruption. Therefore, international financial institutions, health organisations, and financial donors should use their power to demand policy reforms of health-care systems in Africa troubled by the issue of corruption. These modifications will ameliorate the access and quality of cancer care for patients across the continent, and ultimately improve the outcome of health care to all patients.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)e394-e404
TijdschriftThe Lancet Oncology
Volume16
Nummer van het tijdschrift8
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 aug. 2015
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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