In this commentary, I argue that corruption in health systems is a critical and legitimate
area for research in order to strengthen health policy goals. This rationale is based
partly on citizen demand for more accountable and transparent health systems, along
with the fact that the poor and vulnerable suffer the most from the presence of corruption
in health systems. What is more, there is a growing body of literature on the impact
of corruption in the health system and best practices in terms of anti-corruption,
transparency and accountability (ACTA) strategies and tactics within the health system.
Still, we need to support ACTA integration into the health system by having a common
definition of corruption that is meaningful for health systems and ensure that ACTA
strategies and tactics are transparent themselves. The 2019 Consultation on a proposed
Global Network on ACTA in Health Systems is promising for these efforts.