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[Correspondence] Patients are denied care because of corruption in Romania

11 Nov 2017

On Sept 1, 2017, the prosecutors of the Romanian National Anticorruption Directorate detained 14 people on charges of corruption, with the president of the National Health Insurance House (NHIH), the head of the NHIH's Antifraud Department, and the director of the Bucharest Health Insurance House among them.1 They are accused of having orchestrated reimbursement of home care services for fictional patients to the detriment of real patients on waiting lists, who had been denied services. Initial estimates indicate damage of at least €3 million to the NHIH budget between January, 2016, and August, 2017.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet