Migration and Home Affairs

Corruption in healthcare: Commission published updated study

The Commission published today a new study on corruption in the healthcare sector, building on the findings of a 2013 report.

 The research, carried out by Ecorys and funded by the Commission's Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, focuses on privileged access to medical services, improper marketing, and potential risks involving "double practice" by doctors in public and private clinics.  Based on an online survey, fact-finding visits and over 100 thematic interviews, the analysis concludes that:

  • Informal payments by patients remain a major challenge, especially in some Eastern and Southern EU countries.
  • Across the EU, there are risks linked to privileged access to healthcare and "double practice" by doctors in public and private clinics.
  • Transparent procedures are key in addressing corruption in hospital procurement.
  • Efforts have been stepped up to tackle improper marketing by pharmaceutical corporations and producers of medical devices.


 Corruption, including in the healthcare sector, is a key topic in the European Semester for the coordination of economic policies.

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Friday, 6 October, 2017