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Health care expenditure in the oecd countries: efficiency and regulation

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  • Pablo Hernández de Cos

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    (Banco de España)

  • Enrique Moral-Benito

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    (Banco de España)

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The containment of health care expenditure is one of the major challenges facing public policymakers in the developed countries. This paper provides evidence of significant differences in the cross-country level of efficiency of health care expenditure, meaning that potential cost savings for the countries considered least efficient might be very high. Further, a significant relationship is found between the various health care policies and institutions in the OECD countries and the efficiency levels of health care systems. The findings are, however, highly sensitive to the efficiency-estimation methodology used.

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Paper provided by Banco de Espa�a in its series Banco de Espa�a Occasional Papers with number 1107.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Publication status: Published also in Spanish, with the same number.
Handle: RePEc:bde:opaper:1107

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  1. Jacob Novignon & Solomon Olakojo & Justice Nonvignon, 2012. "The effects of public and private health care expenditure on health status in sub-Saharan Africa: new evidence from panel data analysis," Health Economics Review, Springer, vol. 2(1), pages 1-8, December.

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