Capture of health policy

The undue influence on policy in the health sector results in private interests being prioritised at the expense of public health goals. This type of corruption primarily occurs through the privileged access to politicians and policy makers that some groups may have.

When there is a lack of rules and regulations to maintain transparency and accountability in lobbying, powerful individuals and companies can use their ample resources to push for policy in their favour. Influential organisations may pay the salaries of policy makers or arrange secondments where their employees are placed in governmental departments. Without robust management of conflicts of interest this could provide them with direct access to the policy making process.