For a long time, the Slovak citizens have identified the healthcare sector as the most corrupt in Slovakia. In addition to that, this sector is being subsidised by a considerable amount of public resources. For that reason, Transparency International Slovakia considers the fight against corruption in the health sector as one of our priorities. Therefore, in our project Monitoring Transparency in Healthcare, which is carried out in cooperation with the Institute for Economic and Social Reforms INEKO, we have outlined serval priority areas.

We focus on the following:

  1. Public Procurement in Healthcare.

We have calculated that more than 35 million EUR could be saved annually if all single-bid tenders in Slovak healthcare received at least two bids (almost 2/3 of all public procurement in Slovak healthcare is awarded in single-bid tenders). We aim to

  • Analyze public procurement on an annual basis
  • Prepare case studies drawing attention to controversial procurement and possible savings
  • Engage stakeholders in order to find solutions for more efficient procurement
  1. EU Funds in Healthcare

Hundreds of millions EUR are distributed via EU funds in healthcare. We aim to

  • Analyze distribution of EU funds and prepare case studies

3.  Conflict of Interest

Many doctors are doing a poor job complying with legislation and reporting mutual financial relationships. At the same time, the legislation is far from perfect and the state is doing little to enforce it. We aim to

  • Call attention to laggards
  • Research policies in place abroad and their impact
  • Engage stakeholders to improve law and compliance
  • Launch an information campaign aimed at doctors explaining the rationale behind reporting conflicts of interest (conferences, articles, trainings)
  1. Healthcare Web Portal

Providing patients, the civil society and decision-makers with well-structured healthcare related information will improve patients’ access to quality healthcare while increasing competition in the market. Along with the INEKO Institute for Economic and Social Reforms we aim to create a web portal with health related information such as

  • Information on the quality and efficiency of hospitals – i.e. manner of communication with the public, indebtedness, competition in public procurement, complaints, patient surveys)
  • Information on the transparency of pharmaceutical companies
  • Information on doctors

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