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EHFCN launches awareness campaign

The European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network (EHFCN) has launched its awareness campaign tackling EU healthcare fraud

The European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network (EHFCN) has launched its awareness campaign this week highlighting healthcare fraud and corruption across the EU.

The total amount lost each year to such incidences is over €56bn, as sourced by the Macintyre Hudson report The Financial Cost of Healthcare Fraud

According to the EHFCN, based on UK costs for equipment and services, this would represent the funding necessary to pay for "over 2.5 million more nurses across Europe every year; for over 3,500 new healthcare clinics in Europe every year; or for over 1.7 million incubators in Europe every year."

They added "every cent lost undermines healthcare systems' capacity to provide essential treatment and will ultimately lead to lower quality of care, and a reduced availability of services, treatments and care."

The EHFCN are looking to unite those involved in the healthcare industry - including healthcare professionals and staff, providers, insurers, policy makers and patients – to collaborate on eliminating fraud and corruption, stating that, currently "some weak links in the chain do not operate in an honest way."

Policy makers will also be encouraged to take measures at national and European level to counter healthcare fraud and corruption.

This will all be done under the campaign's key message - "Stamp out fraud for everyone's benefit" – with an aim to provide every EU citizen with the basic access to healthcare, in particular those 80 million Europeans who live at risk of poverty and suffer most from reduced access to healthcare.

"Europe and indeed the world cannot afford to lose more money to healthcare fraud and corruption," said Paul Vincke, president of EHFCN. "We need to prevent the fraudulent and corrupt minority and we need to mobilise the vast majority of honest people. Despite differences in politics, economies and healthcare systems, we need to ensure that every citizen has access to effective healthcare, wherever they are and whatever their social or economic background."

Various promotional materials are available to download from the EHFCN website, including posters for display in healthcare facilities, and web banners to support the campaign online. EHFCN is encouraging the public to register support via their website

19th January 2010

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