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Corruption in Global Health Care May Exceed $1 TRILLION

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Dishonesty and fraud in the health care system, including its academic and research communities, are significant barriers to the implementation of universal health coverage, yet this corruption is rarely if ever discussed, let alone addressed in any meaningful way
  • The less transparent a health system is, the more corrupt it becomes. Weak adherence to the rule of law and few accountability mechanisms further invite corruption and, with it, health system performance, quality and efficiency plummet
  • The amount of corruption found in any given system is dependent on three variables: Monopoly on the supply of a product or service, the level of discretion enjoyed by suppliers, and the supplier's accountability to others
  • Three factors governing the engagement in corrupt practices in the health care system are: being in a position of power; financial, peer and/or personal pressures; and cultural acceptance of corruption. In order for anticorruption measures to succeed, these three factors all need to be addressed
  • Drug research is beset by an astoundingly high incidence rate of scientific misconduct, with 72% of retracted drug studies being retracted due to things like data falsification, fabrication, unethical conduct and plagiarism

Investigations assessing the prevalence of scientific fraud and/or its impact show the problem is widespread and serious, to the point of making most of "science-based" medicine a genuine joke. Conflict of interest is another pervasive problem that threatens the integrity and believability of most studies.

We've been repeatedly faced with study findings that are clearly tainted with industry bias. For example, a 2014 study funded by the American Beverage Association purported to have found that diet soda makes you lose more weight than drinking no soda at all.


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