Catastrophic Health Expenditure and Household Well-Being
AbstractAccording to the catastrophic health expenditure methodology a house-hold is in catastrophe if its health out-of-pocket budget share exceeds acritical threshold. We develop a conceptual framework for addressing threequestions in relation to this methodology, namely: 1. Can a budget sharebe informative about the sign of a change in welfare? 2. Is there a positiveassociation between a household's poverty shortfall and its health out-of-pocket budget share? 3. Does an increase in population coverage of ahealth insurance scheme always result in a reduction of the prevalence ofcatastrophic expenditures?
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Date of creation: 2009
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performance of health insurance schemes; poverty; catastrophic health expenditure; welfare change;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-10-31 (All new papers)
- NEP-HEA-2009-10-31 (Health Economics)
- NEP-IAS-2009-10-31 (Insurance Economics)
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