Bribery a reason why acquiring medical facilities is tough in sub-Saharan Africa

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By | August 26, 2019

According to a large-scale survey conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, individuals who stated they had bribed to receive healthcare in the previous year were more than 4 times as probable to experience hardships while requiring health care than those individuals who hadn’t bribed in the previous year. These observations were reported in PLOS ONE, and open-access journal, on the 21st of August, by Amber Hsiao and her colleagues from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

Studies have previously made out how institutional corruption (where funds for healthcare misused or kept by the officials for themselves) damages medical outcomes in the African region. In bribery, a person must pay up so as to obtain the healthcare they need. Having to pay a bribe can discourage individuals from acquiring healthcare when they require it, and eats away at the public’s confidence in the healthcare system. The research intended to find out the degree to which the practice of bribery limits healthcare access, as it has long since been unclear.

To fully comprehend the relation between bribery and healthcare, Amber Hsiao and her colleagues went over the data collected in 2014/15 through questioning adults living in the sub-Saharan region. It was seen that out of 31,322 adults who were recipient to medical care between 2014 and 2015, nearly 14% stated how they had to pay a bribe so as to obtain their desired health care at least once in the previous year. After controlling for regional and distinct features, the research team discovered that survey partakers who had paid bribe once or twice were 4.11 times more likely to meet hardships in acquiring healthcare. Those who stated that they often pay bribes, were 9 times more likely to have the same problem with acquiring healthcare.

The researchers urge that future research should concentrate on individual nations to recognize potential plans for decreasing bribery in the country. They also requested for increased struggles in order to fight the corruption seeping in healthcare.