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Health Care Services and Government Spending in Pakistan

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  • Muhammad Akram

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  • Faheem Jehangir Khan

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The study has been carried out to measure the incidence of government spending on health in Pakistan at provincial, both rural and urban level; using the primary data of the Pakistan Social Standard Living Measures Survey (PSLM), 2004-05, and by employing the three-step Benefit Incidence Approach (BIA) methodology. The paper reviews the national policies emphasising health services as well as the trend in access to and public sector spending on health care facilities in Pakistan. The study explores the inequalities in resource distribution and service provision against the government health expenditures. The rural areas of Pakistan are the more disadvantaged in the provision of the health care facilities. The expenditures in health sectors are overall regressive in rural Pakistan as well as at provincial and regional levels. Mother and Child subhead is regressive in Punjab and General Hospitals and Clinics are regressive in all provinces. Only the Preventive Measures and health facilities sub-sector is progressive in Pakistan. Public health expenditures are pro-rich in Pakistan.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Governance Working Papers with number 22184.

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Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:eab:govern:22184

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Keywords: health; Expenditure; Public Policy; Gini; Concentration Coefficient; Mother and Child; Preventive Measures; Hospital and Clinics;

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  1. Haq, Rashida & Arshad, Nabeela, 2007. "Poverty and Access to Maternal Health Care Services in Pakistan: Evidence from Perception Based Data," MPRA Paper 38946, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2008.
  2. Ather H. Akbari & Wimal Rankaduwa & Adiqa K. Kiani, 2009. "Demand for Public Health Care in Pakistan," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 48(2), pages 141-153.
  3. Uzma Afzal & Anam Yusuf, 2013. "The State of Health in Pakistan: An Overview," Lahore Journal of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, vol. 18(Special E), pages 233-247, September.

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