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Public Expenditure in the Slovak Republic

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  • Francesco Grigoli

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Good practice suggests that budget allocations should reflect spending priorities and that spending should provide cost-effective delivery of public goods and services. This paper analyzes the composition of public expenditure in the Slovak Republic. It also assesses the relative efficiency of spending in education and health. The Slovak Republic spends more on social benefits and less on wages compared to the EU and OECD average. While it manages to translate the low expenditures into outcomes in an efficient manner in the education sector, this is not true for health. Moreover, the recent increases in expenditure levels have not improved outcomes, suggesting that significant budgetary savings could be achieved through increases in efficiency.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 12/173.

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Length: 34
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:12/173

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Keywords: Government expenditures; Health care; Public finance; Resource allocation; expenditure; public expenditure; health expenditure; expenditures; health expenditures; public spending; total expenditure; total expenditures; infant mortality; capital expenditure; public expenditures; government expenditure; health system; public expenditure composition; private insurance; health insurance; expenditure levels; health sector; health spending; health care costs; hospital beds; expenditure efficiency; public health; expenditure categories; expenditure data; expenditures on health; budget caps; medical expenses; fee-for-service; capital expenditures; total capital expenditures; public expenditure reform; public expenditure efficiency; public health care; health care outcomes; expenditure rationalization; medical technologies; health care spending; competition among hospitals; financial situation; public expenditure on health; expenditure policy; health providers; health expenditure per capita; expenditure reform; expenditure growth; fee-for-service methods;

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