TITLE

National health expenditures: a global analysis

AUTHOR(S)
Murray, C. J. L.; Govindaraj, R.; Musgrove, P.
PUB. DATE
April 1994
SOURCE
Bulletin of the World Health Organization;1994, Vol. 72 Issue 4, p623
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
As part of the background research to the World development report 1993: investing in health, an effort was made to estimate public, private and total expenditures on health for all countries of the world. Estimates could be found for public spending for most countries, but for private expenditure in many fewer countries. Regressions were used to predict the missing values of regional and global estimates. These econometric exercises were also used to relate expenditure to measures of health status. In 1990 the world spent an estimated US$1.7 trillion (1.7 x 1012) on health, or $1.9 trillion (1.9 x 1012) in dollars adjusted for higher purchasing power in poorer countries. This amount was about 60% public and 40% private in origin. However, as incomes rise, public health expenditure tends to displace private spending and to account for the increasing share of incomes devoted to health.
ACCESSION #
24756197

 

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