Beyond Talking: We Need Effective Measures to Tackle Systemic Corruption and the Power That Allows It to Persist in Health Systems; A Response to Recent Commentaries

Document Type: Correspondence

Authors

1 Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

2 Department of Health Systems and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Keywords


We were delighted to receive 14 responses to our editorial on corruption in health systems1 and thank the authors for their excellent contributions. It seems that in discussing why health systems researchers are reluctant to discuss corruption, this journal has created a window of opportunity to discuss this neglected topic... (Read more...)

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