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Government Spendingon Health Care and Education in Croatia

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  • Victoria Gunnarsson
  • Etibar Jafarov
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    This paper assesses the relative efficiency of government spending on health care and education in Croatia by using the so-called Data Envelopment Analysis. The analysis finds evidence of significant inefficiencies in Croatia''s spending on health care and education, related to inadequate cost recovery, weaknesses in the financing mechanisms and institutional arrangements, weak competition in the provision of these services, and weaknesses in targeting public subsidies on health care and education. These inefficiencies suggest that government spending on health and education could be reduced without undue sacrifices in the quality of these services. The paper identifies ways to do that.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 08/136.

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    Length: 34
    Date of creation: 01 May 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:08/136

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    Keywords: Government expenditures; health care spending; health care; health spending; hospital beds; infant mortality; public spending; public health; demand for health; public expenditure; health care sector; health care services; health resources; health care workers; health insurance; private spending; public health spending; pharmaceutical spending; demand for health services; health expenditures; health sector; demand for health care; provision of health care; health care system; health care providers; health expenditure; pharmaceutical expenditure; medical services; health care policy; primary health care; health care systems; health outcome indicators; health care expenditures; health indicators; insurance system; health insurance fund; capital expenditure; health institutions; provision of services; capital spending; private expenditure on health; public health care; cost of health care; competition among health care providers; national health; care systems; pocket payment; health system; health insurance system; health workers; medical technology; cost sharing; hard budget constraints;

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    1. Bernard Funck, 2003. "Expenditure Policies Toward EU Accession," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 15173, October.
    2. Antonio Afonso & Ludger Schuknecht & Vito Tanzi, 2010. "Public sector efficiency: evidence for new EU member states and emerging markets," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(17), pages 2147-2164.
    3. Todd D. Mattina & Victoria Gunnarsson, 2007. "Budget Rigidity and Expenditure Efficiency in Slovenia," IMF Working Papers 07/131, International Monetary Fund.
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    6. Victoria Gunnarsson & Sergio Lugaresi & Marijn Verhoeven, 2007. "The Health Sector in the Slovak Republic," IMF Working Papers 07/226, International Monetary Fund.
    7. Herrera, Santiago & Pang, Gaobo, 2005. "Efficiency of public spending in developing countries : an efficiency frontier approach," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3645, The World Bank.
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    1. Alka Obadić & Aleksander Aristovnik, 2011. "Relative efficiency of higher education in Croatia and Slovenia: an international comparison," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 13(30), pages 362-376, June.

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