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Measuring the catastrophic and impoverishing effect of household health care spending in Serbia

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  • Arsenijevic, Jelena
  • Pavlova, Milena
  • Groot, Wim

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Out-of-pocket patient payments can impose a catastrophic burden on households. This problem may not only affect poor but also wealthy households who need to use health care frequently. The available literature offers no consensus on how to measure poverty and how to measure the effects of out-of-pocket payments on household budgets. The objective of this paper is to contribute to current research in this area by comparing results across different approaches. In particular, the paper examines the catastrophic and impoverishing effects of health care spending in Serbia applying different types of thresholds used in previous research. The application of various approaches allows us to analyze the robustness and convergent validity of the results. We also include the subjective poverty approach in our examination.

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  • Arsenijevic, Jelena & Pavlova, Milena & Groot, Wim, 2013. "Measuring the catastrophic and impoverishing effect of household health care spending in Serbia," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 78(C), pages 17-25.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:78:y:2013:i:c:p:17-25 DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.11.014
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