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Quality of Health Care, Survivial and Health Outcomes in Ghana

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  • Lavy, V
  • Strauss, J
  • Thomas, D
  • de Vreyer, P

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This paper analyzes the effect of quality and accessibility of health services and other public infrastructure on the health of children in Ghana. We focus on child survival, child height and weight using data from the Ghana Living Standards Survey. The results suggest an important role for public health policy in eliminating the rural-urban disparities in health status and particularly in improving the health status of rural children and reducing their mortality rates.

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Paper provided by RAND - Reprint Series in its series Papers with number 96-20.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:fth:randrs:96-20

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Keywords: PUBLIC EXPENDITURES ; HEALTH ; GOVERNMENT POLICY ; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ; INCOME DISTRIBUTION ; HUMAN RESOURCES ; GHANA;

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