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Health care spending as determinants of health outcomes

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  • Pierre-Yves Crémieux
  • Pierre Ouellette

    (Department of Economics, Université du Quebec � Montréal, CP 8888, Succ. Centre-ville, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 3P8)

  • Caroline Pilon

    (Department of Economics, Université du Quebec � Montréal, CP 8888, Succ. Centre-ville, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 3P8)

Abstract

This paper revisits the relationship between health care spending and health outcomes. While previous researchers found it difficult to establish such a relationship based on international comparisons, the results based on rather homogenous province-specific Canadian data show that lower health care spending is associated with a statistically significant increase in infant mortality and a decrease in life expectancy in Canada. This relationship is independent of various economic, socio-demographic, nutritional and lifestyle factors, as well as provincial specificity or time trend. It is based on annual data collected from the ten Canadian provinces over 15 years. Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 8 (1999)
Issue (Month): 7 ()
Pages: 627-639

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Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:8:y:1999:i:7:p:627-639

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