Fraud in Hospitals
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Original versionBergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2008:8) 4 p.
Hospitals are vulnerable to corruption. In the U.S., health care fraud has been stimated to cost $60 billion per year, or 3% of total health care expenditures - much of it in the hospital sector. Hospitals account for 50% or more of health care pending in many countries. Fraud and corruption in hospitals negatively affect access and quality, as public servants make off with resources which could have been used to reduce out-of-pocket expenditures for patients, or improve needed services. This U4 Brief discusses common types of fraud which occur in hospitals in low-income countries, and suggests ways to prevent and control it.