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Health Expenditure, Socio-Economic Context and Health Outcomes


  • Iacobuþã Andreea-Oana

    () (University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr. T. Popa”, Center for Health Policy and Ethics Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)

  • Asandului Mircea

    () (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)


Most of the times health expenditure is considered the main cause for health care systems’ lack of performance. On the other side, the existing literature identifies numerous factors (others than expenditure) associated with health outcomes. Life expectancy at birth is one commonly used indicator to measure the population health status and the level of development. This paper aims at exploring the relationship between health expenditure, socio-economic context and health outcomes, measured with life expectancy at birth and to identify the factors associated with it at the level of EU countries. We also aim at highlighting the similarities and the differences between the countries, with a special focus on Romania, from the point of view of the identified variables. The findings of the research confirm the existence of a strong relationship between the variables and also point out significant differences among EU countries.

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  • Iacobuþã Andreea-Oana & Asandului Mircea, 2012. "Health Expenditure, Socio-Economic Context and Health Outcomes," Ovidius University Annals, Economic Sciences Series, Ovidius University of Constantza, Faculty of Economic Sciences, vol. 0(1), pages 520-525, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ovi:oviste:v:xii:y:2012:i:12:p:520-525

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    quality of life; life expectancy; health expenditure; socioeconomic context.;

    JEL classification:

    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health


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