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Healthcare in India has emerged as one of the largest sectors - both in terms of employment and revenue. India, being one of the most populous countries of the world, needs a very robust infrastructure, universal health coverage and monitored service delivery mechanisms to have access to quality health care services. However, the healthcare service is the most corrupt service sector in India resulting almost everybody in the country has now become a victim of some form of graft or malpractice. It is also important to highlight here that the “corruptions in healthcare is associated with worse health outcomes” as proven in multivariable analyses across countries.
Healthcare, by its nature, is complex, it is rife with information asymmetry in terms of what services should be provided and what should be the price of those services. Although regulations are in place to control the price and quality of services provided, healthcare markets are complicated by the frequent presence of a public–private mixed system. Its large size, complex mix of actors, and asymmetrical information are relatively unique to the healthcare sector and can make it prone to corruption and diminish quality of governance.
Corruption or the abuse of power for private gain, in healthcare systems includes bribes and kickbacks, embezzlement, fraud, political influence/nepotism and informal payments, among other behaviors. Anti-corruption strategies such as transparency, accountability, and civic participation can affect and address major corruption risks when done through collective action. Transparency & accountability is a critical tool that can help transform the way a nation's healthcare system operates. A good governance, ethical and transparent practices will not only help in assessing challenges of healthcare sector but also it will help to improve the quality of life of people by preventing corruption through health system strengthening.
Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) at Global Compact Network India (GCNI) under the Scaling -Up Anti-Corruption Collective Action initiative with United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), New York is holding an ideation meeting to review and identify corruption challenges and assess the Collective Action methodology to address it and to develop a structured strategy and roadmap to promote transparency and accountability in Healthcare Sector.
Contact Person: Dr. Somnath Singh, Programme Manager-CEGET, UN-Global Compact Network India (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Mobile: 9871074298)
Promoting Transparency and Accountability through Collective Action across Healthcare Value Chain in India
Day & Date :
Mon, 30th November, 2020