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The impact of health expenditure on the number of chronic diseases

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  • Becchetti, Leonardo
  • Conzo, Pierluigi
  • Salustri, Francesco

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We investigate the impact of health expenditure on health outcomes on a large sample of Europeans aged above 50 using individual and regional level data. We find a negative and significant effect of lagged health expenditure on subsequent changes in the number of chronic diseases. This effect varies according to age, health behavior, gender, income, and education. Our empirical findings are confirmed also when health expenditure is instrumented with parliament political composition.

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  • Becchetti, Leonardo & Conzo, Pierluigi & Salustri, Francesco, 2017. "The impact of health expenditure on the number of chronic diseases," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 121(9), pages 955-962.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:121:y:2017:i:9:p:955-962
    DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2017.07.008
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    Keywords

    Health expenditure; Health outcome; Public health costs;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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